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Contact: Karl Cordova, 520-723-3172
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—February 2, 2014
Karl Cordova, Superintendent (520) 723-3172
Casa Grande Ruins Offers Special Exhibitor
Hopi Kachina Carver – February 8 & 9, 2014
COOLIDGE, AZ– Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is featuring Hopi Kachina carver Ken Quanimptewa and his family in the visitor center atrium area on Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9. "Ken Quanimptewa has been a very well received demonstrator and speaker at Casa Grande" stated Superintendent Karl Cordova. "His care and love for his carvings and attention to detail has made his artwork quite a collector's item." Mr. Quanimptewa reminds us that Kachina dolls have been made by Hopi men as gifts to young girls for many years. Dried cottonwood roots are used for the carvings. Kachinas represent animals, insects, other tribes, even clouds and rain. Mr. Quanimptewa also makes gourd rattles as are used in Kachina and social dances.
There is no additional fee for the special presentation, but visitors must enter the visitor center and pay the usual park entrance fees. In the atrium Mr. Quanimptewa will be working on carving his latest work as well as selling many examples of Kachina art he has completed this past year.
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the multi-story 'Great House' and the ruins of other ancient structures built by the people of the Sonoran Desert over 800 years ago. Established as the nation's first archeological reserve in 1892, the Ruins sparked the beginning of the archeological preservation movement in America. The Monument is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Directions and additional information are available on the Monument's website, https://www.nps.gov/cagr, or you may call (520) 723-3172.
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