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Diné (Navajo) Weavers Art Show & Fundraiser
April 1, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Come join us for a night with masters of traditional Diné (Navajo) weaving from Black Mesa, AZ!
All proceeds and donations go directly to traditional Dine/Navajo people of Black Mesa, AZ! Sliding scale donations requested at the door $10-$100, no one turned away for lack of funds.
The evening will include:
Handmade Navajo weavings and jewelry For Sale
Meet and greet with Diné weavers, including stories and Q&A.
Delicious food bites for sale!
Short video on Black Mesa relocation and resistance.
Raffle tickets for sale! Prizes include a traditional handwoven rug, traditional Navajo style pottery, and jewelry.
Traditional Weaving Demonstration
Photo gallery, information and updates on Black Mesa Navajo community resistance to forced relocation.
Since 1974, federal relocation policy has forced 14,000 Diné (Navajo) people from their ancestral homelands on Black Mesa, AZ. This genocidal policy was crafted by government agents and energy company representatives in order to gain access to the mineral resources of Black Mesa – billions of tons of coal, uranium, and natural gas. For over 40 years, traditional Diné at Black Mesa have lived in resistance, maintaining their cultural and spiritual connection to their ancestral lands by steadfastly refusing to relocate.
The traditional art of weaving continues to be an important act of cultural resilience and resistance. Black Mesa families herd sheep, shearing and spinning their wool to weave their rugs as well as using store bought materials. Glenna Begay and Rena Babbitt Lane are masters of their ancestral craft who weave their cultural connection to land, history, and resistance to fossil fuel development into the beautiful blankets and rugs that will be shown. Come join us for this rare opportunity to purchase handmade weavings directly from their makers, and to sit at the feet of traditional elders and listen to their stories!
Doors and snacks at 6, video, stories and conversation starts at 7.