Pueblo Grande Indian Market & Kick Off Event
Celebrate the 37th Annual Pueblo Grande Indian Market! The market will be held on the site of Pueblo Grande Museum at 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix on Saturday & Sunday, 12/14 & 12/15. Gates open at 9 am both days and tickets are only $5 per person and children 11 and under FREE.
This year the Indian Market offers an array of enjoyable, participatory activities for children and adults, and may include activities such as tracking, throwing a rabbit stick at a moving target, making a basket, learning some Indian words and phrases, tasting American Indian foods and learning about traditional dances. This celebration of American Indian culture also features exceptional American Indian music and dance, a variety of native foods, sweet and savory Indian fry breads, and other treats, authentic American Indian fine art and collectibles as well as cultural exhibits. For those who are holiday shopping, it's an event that should not be missed.
This year the Auxiliary will add a new component to the Indian Market, that is Ki:him a cultural community village.
Ki:him a cultural community village.
What is Ki:him? The O'odham word Ki:him refers to a village or a community. At Pueblo Grande Indian Market, the four southern communities of the O'Odham people who are the direct descendants of the ancient Hohokam are represented in the Ki:him, as well as many other tribal representatives who are not O'Odham. The Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary Indian Market Committee has been working in conjunction with an Advisory Group of members from various American Indian communities, to bring to the Pueblo Grande Indian Market, cultural demonstrations of art, examples of everyday activities past and present, along with stories, music and song that add to the richness of the art, entertainment and food that will be offered at the Market.
This year the Auxiliary worked extensively with an Advisory Group of members from various American Indian communities. Together they will bring patrons cultural demonstrations of art, examples of everyday activities past and present, along with stories, music and song that add to the richness of the art, entertainment and food that will be offered at the Market.
When asked about the Ki:him theme for 2013, Co-chair Nancy Duckett replied, "Our hope is that those who attend our Indian Market will have an enjoyable experience taking part in the activities at the Ki:him, shopping fine art and collectibles in this unique historical setting, while taking home a greater understanding of the meaning behind the art, music, dance and activities as it relates to American Indian Community life past and present."
Market chairman Norm Harai added, "Our efforts this year will allow us to establish a brand for Pueblo Grande Indian Market and give us something to build on for years to come. Ki:him; a cultural community village celebrates diverse tribal (and cultural) backgrounds as we preserve and perpetuate the traditions of Native ancestors, while accepting and celebrating one another. As patrons experience our interactive demonstrations we will celebrate together and hopefully learn a little more about each another."
Each year the Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market also showcases a featured artist and their work. This year's featured artist is Cliff Fragua. Native Pueblo sculptor, Cliff Fragua, has learned the secret of the stone through his cultural and ancestral teachings. Based in Native American themes, his work shows pride for his culture and a deep understanding of the inherent spirituality of the stone. He has chosen stone as his medium of expression because it is a combination of the basic elements of the earth. He feels that the honesty and purity of this most basic of material permits him to express himself from the heart and to express the spirit that Native people respect and revere as embodied in the stone.
Another annual feature of the Pueblo Grande Indian Market has to do with traditional and contemporary Native American music by local performing arts groups such as five-time World Champion Hoop Dance Winner and Emmy award winner Tony Duncan and Radmilla Cody, a Grammy nominated entertainer. There will be dance performances by six-time World Hoop Dance Champion Derrick Suwaima Davis as well as the seldom seen Apache Crown Dancers.
The Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary and Indian Market Committee invite you to take in the market atmosphere while shopping at over a hundred artist booths along the interpretive path in the archaeological park and within a drumbeat of the entertainment. You will treasure your purchase even more when you recall meeting the artist in person. Check out the Native American fashion show, various demonstrations and welcome the opportunity to take a tour of the archaeological park and Museum.
It's beautiful in Phoenix! Drive down a night or two early and before you head out to the weekend Indian Market, plan to attend the inaugural Kick-Off Event taking place on Friday, December 13 at the Radisson Phoenix Airport Hotel. Doors open at 6pm and the evening's program includes visual arts exhibits, live musical entertainment featuring local blues band Smokestack Lightning, and chicken-scratch band Gertie and the T.O. Boyz, a fashion show by designers Shayne Watson Designs, Cody Barker, jewelry by Marco Arviso, as well as ticket raffles and door prizes throughout the evening. Tickets are only $20 at the door, with a limited number available on pueblogrande.org for pre-sale. Cover includes hors d'oeuvres and there will be beer and wine available for purchase.
When asked about why the Auxiliary added the Friday Kick-off Event to the weekend festivities, Pueblo Grande Indian Market Chairman Norm Harai responded, "There's so much heart and planning that goes into producing the Market each year. We really wanted to launch the weekend with a celebration that gives patrons a glimpse into what they will see, hear, feel and experience at the Market. This kick-off event came together with the hard work of many individuals who have donated their talents in so many capacities. We're so proud to present such a special event and hope people will come out and celebrate American Indian culture with us."
Phoenix is a quick ninety minute drive. Come early and stay at one of two host hotels, A Loft Phoenix Airport, or Radisson Airport Phoenix. Low rates and booking links at pueblogrande.org/indian-market/.
Transportation and parking are easy! Visitors are encouraged to use the METRO Light Rail's 44th Street and Washington stop an easy walking distance of the event site. Admission is $5 per person and children under 12 are free. The Pueblo Grande Museum's address is 4619 E. Washington Street, Phoenix. There is ample, FREE public parking available on site with free shuttle service from the lot to the gate. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information and to see a list of artists, scheduled activities and entertainment, call 602-495-0901 or visit www.pueblogrande.org/indian-market/.
Plan to Go!
Pueblo Grande Museum
Auxiliary hosts the
37th Annual Indian Market
December 14 & 15, 2013
Saturday 9am - 5pm | Sunday 9am - 4pm
Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 East Washington Street | Phoenix, Arizona
Museum: 602.495.0901 | pgindianmarket.com
Tickets: $5 per person, 11 and under FREE!
BEFORE YOU HEAD TO THE WEEKEND INDIAN MARKET
NEW | Special Kick-Off Event
Friday December 13, 2013
Radisson Phoenix Airport
427 N. 44th Street in Phoenix
More info & to Purchase Tickets: PuebloGrande.org
Pueblo Grande Museum
J. Carro, Marketing & PR 480.495.8924 c. | firstname.lastname@example.org
Pueblo Grande Museum (View)
4619 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
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