Photo courtesy of The Holland Center
The Holland Center is proud to host the Adopt-a-Native-Elder Program’s Second annual Scottsdale Navajo Rug & Jewelry Show from February 16 to 18.
Featuring over 200 traditional handwoven Navajo rugs, jewelry and crafts for sale, as well as weaving demonstrations, stories, cultural teachings, and raffles, the show will offer attendees an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind items while gaining deeper insight into Native culture.
The weekend will begin with a VIP preview and sale on Friday, Feb. 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., allowing attendees an early chance to view and purchase rugs and other handcrafted items before the show opens to the public. On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17 and 18, the show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day; admission is free, and all proceeds from rug sales will directly support the weavers.
In addition to offering a preview of the items available at the show, the VIP event on Friday evening will feature talks by weavers about the rugs they’ve created, Native music, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages.
The featured weaver of this year’s show is Nellie Curley, who is known for incorporating cultural teachings into each of her rugs. Through her weavings, Nellie tells the Creation Story of her homelands and showcases various Navajo ceremonies. Several of her rugs will be available for purchase at the show.
The Holland Community Center is excited to continue its partnership with the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program. Last year’s show – the first of its kind to be held in Scottsdale – welcomed over 1,200 attendees, with total sales matching some of the program’s most successful shows in other states. As a nonprofit organization, Adopt-A-Native-Elder uses 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, Utah, and New Mexico. Many Elders reside in hogans, without running water or electricity. For over 30 years, Adopt-A-Native-Elder has served as a trusted humanitarian organization focused on delivering food, medical supplies, firewood, and other forms of support. The organization is committed to respecting the tradition and dignity of Navajo Elders, while building relationships that honor and serve them.
The Holland Center is located at 34250 N. 60th St., Bldg. B, in Scottsdale. Tickets are $50 at the door or online; the entrance fee includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a handwoven rug.
For more information, visit hollandcenter.org.