Navajo Rug and Jewelry Show Coming to Santa Monica Mountains

Rug weaver weaving a rug
Master weaver Mary Henderson Begay demonstrates traditional weaving techniques. Begay will be sharing her work at the Navajo Rug & Jewelry Show on September 13-14 at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center.

Courtesy of WNPA

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News Release Date: September 8, 2014

Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2343

CALABASAS, Calif -- The Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center will host a show, complete with artist talks and demonstrations, on September 13 and 14. Running from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, the free event comes from Hubbell Trading Post, the oldest continuously operated trading post in the American Southwest.

With special rug talks at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Hubbell's trader Edison Eskeets and master weaver Mary Henderson Begay 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 Mary Henderson Begay will demonstrate traditional weaving techniques. Mary was honored with the Arizona Island Living Treasure Award in 2013. It takes a weaver 400 hours to produce a medium-sized rug from start to finish.

A pre-show presentation and sale with Edison Eskeets will take place at Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park on Friday, September 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Reservations for the Friday session are required: samo@wnpa.org or 805-370-2302.

The Navajo Rug & Jewelry Show is supported by the Western National Parks Association, a nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. 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, Calabasa, CA 91302.

About Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site:  Located in Ganado, Arizona, Hubbell Trading Post was established in 1876 by famed trader John Hubbell. It quickly became a premier source for Navajo rugs and jewelry. Hubbell's is the oldest continuously operated trading post on the Navajo Nation, offering visitors an authentic trading experience and a historic glimpse into the famed Hubbell family trading empire. Hubbell's operations even extend to Hollywood and Long Beach, California for a brief time in the 1920s. Since 1967, the trading post has been operated by the Western National Parks Association for the National Park Service.

About Western National Parks Association:  Western National Parks Association helps make the national park experience possible for everyone. As a nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, WNPA supposrts parks across the West, developing products, services and programs that enrich the visitor experience. Since 1938, WNPA has worked to connect new generations to parks in meaningful ways, all with one simple goal: Create advocates who want to preserve and protect these special places for everyone, for all time. For more information on WNPA visit www.wnpa.org.

About Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country. encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park Service, it comprises a seamless network of local, state and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological biversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.

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