From Feb. 17–19, the Holland Community Center will sponsor the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program’s Navajo Rug Show and Sale for the first time in Scottsdale.
This event will launch at 5–8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 with a VIP preview and sale which will offer attendees an early chance to purchase rugs, jewelry and crafts.
The show will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 and 12–4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19.
Held at the Holland Community Center, 34250 N. 60th Street, the Navajo Rug Show and Sale will feature over 200 traditional handwoven Navajo rugs, with 100% of sale proceeds directly benefiting the weavers.
“We are honored to be able to introduce the beautiful artwork of the Navajo Elders to our community,” Jennifer Rosvall, executive director of the Holland Community Center, said in a press release. “We’re excited for our new relationship with Adopt-A-Native-Elder, and hope to sponsor many more of the program’s shows in the future.”
For over 30 years, the nonprofit organization Adopt-A-Native-Elder has used an integrated approach that goes beyond charity to help reduce the extreme poverty and hardship facing traditional Elders living on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and Utah, according to the release.
Many Elders reside in hogans without running water or electricity. As a humanitarian organization focused on delivering food, medical supplies, firewood and other forms of support, ANE is committed to respecting the tradition and dignity of Navajo Elders, while building relationships that honor and serve them.
The program was founded by Linda Myers from CNN, who still serves as director and will speak at the show each day.
Tickets for Friday night’s VIP event are $40 at the door or online at https://hollandcenter.org. The entrance fee includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a handwoven rug that evening. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.
The event will also feature a presentation by Navajo Master Weaver Rena Robertson, followed by talks by other weavers about their rugs.
Admission is free on Saturday and Sunday. Attendees will be able to browse and shop from the selection of rugs and jewelry for sale and speak to the weaver or artisan who created it.
At 2 p.m. each day, the weavers will share some of their stories, followed by weaving demonstrations and cultural teachings. The show will conclude by 4 p.m. on Sunday with the raffle of another Navajo rug.
To learn more about Adopt-A-Native-Elder and the various ways to support this organization, visit https://anelder.org. For more information about the Navajo Rug Show and Sale, visit https://hollandcenter.org.