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RUG SHOW 2017 THE 28TH ANNUAL RUG SHOW AND SALE NOVEMBER 10-12, 2017 THE ADOPT-A-NATIVE-ELDER PROGRAM

The 28th annual rug show of the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program took place November 10th-12th, 2017 at the Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. A year of planning by many dedicated people led up to this event. Preliminary activities started on the 8th with setup for the show and continued on the 9th with programs for school children and other events. This presentation will highlight the activities that took place throughout the show.

SETUP

Setup for the show took place on Wednesday the 8th. Many volunteers gathered to help hang rugs, arrange displays, and set up the general infrastructure that was necessary for the show. The day started with a prayer and ended with Jean Glaser's delicious sandwiches.

In the following and any subsequent grid of photos click on any image to see a larger view.

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Programs for school children have been a part of the rug show for most of its duration. Three of these presentations took place on Thursday and Friday with around 500 children having an opportunity to learn about Navajo people and their culture. Children had a chance to shop afterwards and all left with a piece of Navajo fry bread to top off their taste of what life is like for their neighbors to the south.

Many of the classes sponsor Elders and bring them gifts. Following the presentations the children in these classes have a chance to meet individually with their adopted Elder and make their presentations.

CORN GRINDING

GRANDMA PARTY

Following the school programs on Thursday afternoon it has been a tradition in recent years to stage some entertainment for the Elders and their families. This year the theme was centered on a fitness workout at the gym. Many laughs were shared by all who participated or watched. At the conclusion of the event there was a gift bag for everyone.

THURSDAY EVENING DINNER

Thursday evening there was a dinner hosted by Hans Fuegi and the Grubsteak Restaurant in Park City. Following a delicious meal there was a period of sharing and honoring. Many dedicated volunteers were honored with rugs that had been donated by the Elders.

GENERAL SCENES FROM THE SHOW

Starting with the gala opening on Friday evening and continuing on Saturday and Sunday, the show was open to the public. Here is a collection of pictures from throughout the event.

FRIDAY EVENING OPENING GALA

Throughout the show there were a number of special events. The first of these was the Friday night opening gala featuring our benefit auction. This is the only part of the show where ANE makes money to help defray the cost of staging the event.

SHI YAZHI EVENT

The lead-off event for Saturday morning was the Shi Yazhi Ambassador program. Each year young Navajo girls from families living off the reservation have an opportunity to learn about their culture and compete to represent ANE throughout the year on various occasions. The winners are announced on Saturday morning. This event was preceded by young Navajos performing a variety of traditional songs and dances.

WEAVING DEMONSTRATIONS

In the early afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday our weavers present a demonstration of their artistry. People have an opportunity to not only see and hear about the rugs but also can witness rugs in the process of being woven and wool in the process of being prepared for the loom.

NAVAJO IDOL CONTEST

Saturday afternoon's special event was the popular Navajo Idol contest in which participants were given a theme upon which to base a song. Winners were chosen by audience applause. Winners in each category received generous gift baskets.

VETERANS CEREMONY

The Veterans Ceremony on Sunday morning is one of the most popular and moving events of the show. Organized by Howard and Beverly Benally, the ceremony includes a presentation of the colors, patriotic songs, speakers and prayers. All veterans in attendance are honored by the Elders and also receive special gifts.

POW WOW

The rug show has closed for many years with a Pow Wow organized by Harry James. This is another very popular event and always brings in a big crowd. The Friendship Dance at the end is a fitting conclusion for both the Pow Wow and the show itself.

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John Aldrich
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