Pottery, Artifacts, and Canals at Pueblo Grande Museum

PHOENIX – Join Pueblo Grande Museum in November for a variety of tours, programs, and classes with something for all interests, ages, and budgets!  Register for paid programs at pueblogrande.com or visit the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation website phoenix.gov/parks/classes-and-programs

Pottery for Kids
Saturday, November 5, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Creative kids can unleash their inner artist with fun, hands-on pottery making activities based on the pottery of the past! Get to know the prehistoric people of the Southwest and the beautiful types of pottery they created. With a focus on the Hohokam, discover how pottery was made and decorated, what it was used for and much, much more. Advanced registration is required by November 2.

Behind the Scenes Tour
Thursday, November 16, 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Join Museum collections staff for a “behind the scenes” tour of Pueblo Grande Museum. Take an intimate tour of the lab, storage, and archival areas not open to the public. $5 tour fee is in addition to Museum admission, please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot. Discounts for Museum Members.

Park of Four Waters Tour
Friday, November 24, 10 to 11 a.m.
The Park of Four Waters tour at Pueblo Grande takes you on a walk through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of prehistoric Hohokam canal systems. The Hohokam were an agricultural society that constructed miles of canals directing water from the Salt River to their fields. $5 tour fee is in addition to Museum admission, please sign up at the front desk to reserve your spot. Discounts for Museum Members.

Petroglyph Discovery Hike
Saturday, November 25, 9 to 10 a.m.
Bring the whole family for a short one mile Hohokam petroglyph discovery hike at South Mountain for an easy but also petroglyph rich hiking experience. An experienced Museum guide will lead participants on a quick one-mile, one-hour interpretive hike, perfect for all ages and busy schedules. Space is limited. Advance registration required by November 23. Cost is $5; Discounts for Museum Members.

18th Annual Veterans Day Gourd Dance
Phoenix – Join Pueblo Grande Museum for the 18th Annual Veterans Day Gourd Dance on November 11, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual event held at the Museum, honors the memory of all the men and women who have served our nation. Gourd dancing is conducted by the Arizona Territory Gourd Society, a non-profit group of American Indian United States War Veterans and their families who celebrate and support the local Arizona veteran community.

Gourd Dance



Saginaw Grant and Rick Mor

Joining the Gourd Dance this year to honor our veterans is Native American actor Rick Mora of the Yaqui and Apache Nations with United States Marine Corps Veteran and actor Saginaw Grant of the Sac and Fox Nation. Both Mora and Grant are strong supporters of veteran awareness issues and Pueblo Grande Museum is honored to have them participate in this year’s Veterans Day Gourd Dance.

This event is free and open to the public, sponsored in part by the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary. In honor of the Veterans Day holiday, Pueblo Grande Museum is offering free Museum admission during the normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Visit pueblogrande.com or call the Museum at (602) 495-0901 for more information.

12th Annual Navajo Rug and American Indian Art Auction
Come see beautifully hand woven, one of a kind Navajo rugs and more at the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary 12th Annual Navajo Rug and American Indian Art Auction on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Preview the rugs and art available for bidding beginning at 9 a.m., and have your favorites already chosen for the auction beginning at noon. This annual auction is not only a great way to pick up some authentic works of American Indian art, but it is also a fundraiser! A portion of the proceeds benefit the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary, which helps support the museums’ preservation efforts, education programs, special events, exhibits, and artifact collections care.

The auction is a wonderful opportunity to see numerous styles of Navajo rugs and a variety of types of American Indian art from all over the Southwest. Trader Bruce Burnham will also share his knowledge with attendees about collecting Navajo rugs and American Indian art during an informal chat before the auction. Burnham is a dedicated and knowledgeable resource for learning how to appreciate and collect American Indian art, whose family has been trading with the native peoples of the Four Corners area for five generations.

Enjoy fry bread and other native foods available for sale throughout the day. The auction is free and open to the public. The Museum will be open 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. with standard admission rates for visitors, and free for Museum Members. For more information on this and other upcoming Auxiliary events, visit pueblogrande.org or call (602) 495-0901.

The People Dance! With The Indigenous Enterprise Dancers
Explore the electrifying world of pow-wow dance in The People Dance! with the Indigenous Enterprise Dancers on Sunday, November 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pueblo Grande Museum. Representing many nations, Indigenous Enterprise uses the beauty and energy of pow-wow style dance to educate the public about the proud traditions and dynamic creativity of modern Native American artists.

Under the night sky on the Museum patio next to the prehistoric ruins of the Pueblo Grande village, Indigenous Enterprise will perform colorful and high-energy Northern-style pow-wow dances to the brilliant vocals of pow-wow music and the modern rhythms of beat driven contemporary music. Kenneth Shirley (Navajo), Ty Lodgepole (Navajo), Ike Owens (Blackfoot/Navajo) and George Gonzales (Pima) have been making a name for themselves as representatives of their cultures by honoring the traditional music of the pow-wow as they explore new, creative expressions using contemporary music. An explanation of pow-wow dance and an in-depth description of the elements of dance regalia will provide the audience with a greater appreciation of the subtleties of Native American expression.

After the performance, guests will have the opportunity to meet the members of Indigenous Enterprise, purchase merchandise, and take pictures with the dancers. Tickets to The People Dance! are $10 in advance or $12 the day of, with advanced tickets available online at pueblogrande.com or in person at the Pueblo Grande Museum Store. Discounts are available for Museum Members. During the performance, guests can also enjoy light refreshments provided by Julie’s Catering.

This “Meet the Artist” Concert is part of a Fall and Spring concert series made possible through the collaborative efforts of Canyon Records, local independent recording label, and the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary. This partnership is a continuation of the programming that accompanied the recent One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records exhibit to provide a variety of platforms for Native American music and expression

About Indigenous Enterprise:
A performance ensemble dedicated to presenting the culture, artistry, and values of today’s Native American. Representing many nations, Indigenous Enterprise uses the beauty and energy of pow-wow style dance to educate the public about the proud traditions and dynamic creativity of modern Native American artists. Indigenous Enterprise promotes a healthy and active lifestyle for young adults and the importance of pursuing a higher education, and presents the best of Native American life including strong family values, respect for elders, and reverence for the pow-wow drum.

Indigenous Enterprise’s mission is based on “three P’s,” preservation, performance, and progression. Preservation focuses on a healthy lifestyle, cultural competency, knowing one’s potential, and understanding identity; performance demonstrates the power of creativity and expression to change people’s lives; and progression encourages valuing education to create Native American leaders by encouraging young people to move forward through developing innovative thinking, actively seeking educational opportunities, understanding post-secondary options, and effectively preparing for a successful college experience.

Pueblo Grande Museum General Information
4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034, (602) 495-0901, www.pueblogrande.com

The Museum is located on the Southeast corner of 44th St. and Washington St. Accessible by the Sky Train and the Sky Harbor Airport Light Rail Station Stop

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Museum Hours:  October through April – Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4:45 p.m.  CLOSED Sunday and Monday May through September and most major holidays

Museum Admission:  Adults $6, Seniors (55+) $5, Children (6-17) $3, under 6 are Free and Children 17 and under are free on Sundays

Explore the Ancient Heart of Phoenix

Pueblo Grande Museum is located on a 1,000 year old archaeological site once inhabited by the Hohokam culture located just minutes from downtown Phoenix next to Sky Harbor International Airport.  This National Historic Landmark and Phoenix Point of Pride has been a part of the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department since 1929, and is the largest preserved archaeological site within Phoenix.  Easily accessible by the Sky Train and the Light Rail, the museum is open 7 days a week October through April, and closed Sundays and Mondays, May through September.

A fully accessible 2/3 mile trail takes you through a prehistoric Hohokam archaeological village site with a partially excavated platform mound, ballcourt, and replicated prehistoric houses.  There are three galleries to visit while at the Museum.  The main gallery displays artifacts of the Hohokam and discusses the Pueblo Grande village site.  The children’s hands-on gallery has activities to help kids learn about the science of archaeology.  And the changing gallery features exhibits on various topics from archaeology, southwest cultures, and Arizona history.  For authentic Native American gifts, art, and jewelry, the Museum Store has something for all tastes and budgets.

Throughout the year, Pueblo Grande Museum has programming for adults, children, and families, which include archaeology classes for kids, arts and crafts workshops, hikes, and lectures.  The Museum also holds annual events, such as the Indian Market, children’s summer programs, a Native Art & Rug Auction, Ancient Technology Day and more to please all ages and interests!