Navajo Trading Post Coming to Santa Monica Mountains August 24-25
Contact: Kate Kuykendall (NPS), 805-370-2343
Contact: Sophia Wong (WNPA), 805-370-2302
CALABASAS, Calif. – The Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center will host a Navajo rug and jewelry show, complete with artist talks and demonstrations, on August 24 and 25. Running from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, the free event is known as the Hubbell Trading Post and is the oldest continuously operated trading post on the Navajo Nation.
With special rug talks at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Hubbell's trader Edison Eskeets and master weaver Brenda Spencer will describe the history, symbolism, artistry and production of the rugs and how to choose and care for them. Like the weavers themselves, no two rugs are alike, but each evokes a sense of place and incorporates traditional designs and colors.
Throughout the day, master weaver Brenda Spencer will demonstrate traditional weaving techniques. It takes a weaver 400 hours to produce a medium-sized rug from start to finish.
The Navajo Rug & Jewelry Show is supported by Western National Parks Association, a nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. More information can be found at www.wnpa.org or by calling 805-370-2302. Proceeds from the event help WNPA provide direct support to 66 partner parks across the west.
DIRECTIONS: The Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center is located at King Gillette Ranch, near the intersection of Mulholland Highway and Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road at 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA 91302.
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Did You Know?
Piece by piece, a trail is forging its way along the "backbone" of the recreation area. California State Parks took the first step toward a 65-mile Backbone Trail in 1978. With 5 miles left to go, single track trails and fireroads will unite this patchwork of public parklands from east to west.