In Tucson at Thanksgiving? Check out a Native American Cultural Market

native-american-paintingIf you happen to be a lucky turducky and you are in Tucson, Arizona for Thanksgiving this year, you have a lot to look forward to.  Not only will the weather be perfectly sunny and in the 70s, but the Native American Indian Heritage Month Social and Indian Craft Market is in town again!  Starting Friday, November 25 from noon to dusk, Saturday, November 26 from noon to dusk, and Sunday, November 27th from noon to 5pm, you can find the Market at the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom: 5151 E Grant Rd, 85712.  Admission and parking are free, but scholarship donations are appreciated.

This is a rich event that showcases the heritage of art, dance, song, and traditional foods belonging to 15 tribal nations.  It is a family-friendly gathering with activities for children.  In previous years artists included Tohono O’odham basket weaving, a Hopi Kachina doll maker, and a turquoise collection.  This year award-winning hoop dancer Cecil Manuel (Tohono O’odham/Apache nations) is the featured cultural presentation.

Mata-ortiz-potteryThe aim of the event is to educate the public on American Indian culture and expand     knowledge of American Indian ways.  Come check out a cultural richness that has endured for over 10,000 years and as the hosts say, “come for your blessing.”native-american-basket

turquoise-jewelryThe Inns at El Rancho Merlita would love to provide a cozy home base for you to explore this event and all that Tucson has to offer.  If you miss the Native American Market this year, it is an annual event, so there is always next Thanksgiving.

All the best,

The ERM Family

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