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October 1, 2018 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm UTC-7

The National Parks Store is operated by Western National Parks Association, a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service since 1938. All events require a reservation unless otherwise noted. To request a reservation, please call 520-622-6014 during business hours beginning one week prior to the event.

All events require a reservation unless otherwise noted. To request a reservation,
please call 520-622-6014 during business hours beginning one week prior to the event.

Pendleton Blankets Trunk Show
Saturday, November 3
10 AM–5 PM
In 1895 Pendleton began making bed blankets and robes for American Indians. With vivid colors and intricate patterns, the blankets were used as basic wearing apparel, as a standard of value for trading and credit among American Indians, and as a prized item for ceremonial use. Andrew Cordova, president of the distributor for Pendleton Woolen Mills, will bring an assortment items and talk about these creations.

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ONGTUPQA Hopi Music & Cultural Connections to Grand Canyon
Monday, November 5 | 12 PM–1:30PM event/ticket info
Monday, November 5 | 3 PM–4:30 PM event/ticket info
World flute artist Gary Stroutsos presents selections from his latest musical endeavor, Ongtupqa (the Hopi name for Grand Canyon). Playing replicas of wooden flutes found in the Prayer Rock District of northeastern Arizona, Gary works to approximate what Hopi music may have sounded like hundreds of years ago. Tickets are required.

The Desert Comes to Life
Saturday, November 10 at 12 PM & 2 PM
Using a Polaroid Cube camera, photographer Doris Evans gives us a rare peek into the daily lives of animals.

The Plains Indian War, Part One
Wednesday, November 14 at 2 PM only event/ticket info
In the first part of a tale too long for one sitting, Jack Lasseter tells the story of the Plains Indian Wars of the 1800s. Learn about the Grattan Massacre, the Sand Creek Massacre, and the Fetterman Massacre, as well as the Sioux and Cheyenne people. Tickets are required.

Contemporary Stories from America’s National Parks
Saturday, November 17 at 12 PM & 2 PM
These five short films tell stories of our national parks that span across time, from the Buffalo Soldiers of the 1800s who patrolled California’s High Sierra region, to the internment of Japanese Americans at Manzanar War Relocation Center in the 1940s, to the National Park Service’s modern effort to bring kids who live in cities to the parks. Running time: 60 minutes

The National Parks: This is America
Wednesday, November 21 at 12 PM & 2 PM
This short film brings together stories of extraordinary people who devoted their lives to preserving and protecting national parks. Running time: 40 minutes

Thursday, November 22
The store will be closed for Thanksgiving Day.
Thank you to our annual Kiva Room sponsor!

American Indian Arts Trunk Show
Saturday, November 24
10 AM–5 PM
Celebrate the beauty, culture, and heritage of the Southwest as artists gather to share their stories and display their art. Featuring Navajo artist David K. John, American Indian crafts expert Terry DeWald, Tohono O’odham/Pima-Maricopa watercolor artist Michael Chiago, Hopi/Cherokee artist Gerald Dawavendewa, and others.

Cowboy Up! Life Lessons from Lazy B
Wednesday, November 28 at 12 PM & 2 PM
Author H. Alan Day shares his collection of personal stories, Cowboy Up! Life Lessons from Lazy B, about growing up on a southwestern cattle ranch. His stories explore what it means to be human, evoking laughter, disbelief, wonder, and more than a few tears.

Oaxacan Woodcarvings Trunk Show
Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2
10 AM–5 PM each day
Browse and learn about the exquisite Oaxacan woodcarvings of Augustin Cruz Prudencio, which will be available for purchase. Enjoy carving and painting demonstrations throughout the day.

The Plains Indian War, Part Two
Wednesday, December 5 at 2 PM only event/ticket info
Part two of Jack Lasseter’s two-part presentation on the Plains Indian Wars covers the time from spring 1868 to winter 1890. Learn more about the Comanche and Kiowa people, the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers led by warrior Roman Nose, the Washita Massacre, and Custer’s downfall at Little Big Horn. Tickets are required.

Claiming the Desert: Settlers, Homesteaders and Ranchers in Oro Valley, Arizona, 1865-1965
Saturday, December 8 at 12 PM & 2 PM
Author Jim Williams presents a fascinating talk about his book, Claiming the Desert: Settlers, Homesteaders and Ranchers in Oro Valley, Arizona, 1865-1965, which tells the story of Oro Valley when it was still an open and desolate desert.

Thomas Robertson Sorin, Monarch of the Dragoons: Pioneer Newspaperman and Mining Enthusiast
Wednesday, December 12 at 12 PM & 2 PM
Jacquelyn Kasper gives an engaging presentation on newspaperman Thomas R. Sorin, providing more detail and new information about his careers and personal life. Learn more about the fascinating man behind The Tombstone Epitaph.

Holiday Arts Market
Saturday, December 15
10 AM–5 PM
Shop a wide variety of contemporary and traditional American Indian jewelry, Mata Ortiz pottery, Zapotec rugs, and Oaxacan woodcarvings.


October 1, 2018 @ 8:00 am
December 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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