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Upcoming Event: Celebration of Basketry and Native Foods Festival

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum hosts a four day celebration of indigenous food and basketry traditions.

October 21, 2015

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What: Celebration of Basketry and Native Foods Festival
When: Symposium – Thursday and Friday, November 12-13, 2015, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Weekend Festival – Saturday and Sunday, November 14-15, 2015, 9:00am – 4:00 pm.
Where: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743

Thursday, November 12 through Sunday, November 15, join a gathering of indigenous cooks, chefs, farmers, scholars, artists, nutritionists, historians, seed savers and basket weavers to celebrate the vitality of indigenous people, land and food.

Open to the public for the first time, the native foods and basketry symposium offers an insiders perspective to the indigenous food and craft traditions of this region. The two-day agenda includes hands-on basket weaving workshops, chef demos and tastings, presentations about traditional foods and health, discussions of food sovereignty and traditional agricultural practices, and a tasting lunch featuring indigenous foods prepared by a number of guest chefs.

During Saturday and Sunday’s Weekend Festival, attendees are invited to explore the museum grounds and join indigenous basket weavers, traditional cooks and chefs, and dancers for a dynamic celebration of indigenous food, fiber and cultural traditions. The two day festival will feature chef cooking demonstrations and tastings, traditional Hopi Piki bread and Yurok roasted salmon demonstrations, and presentations by award-winning cookbook authors. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit the Basketry Marketplace, attend basket-weaving presentations, learn how basketry weaves together Native communities, and shop for artisan crafts.

Chef Nephi Craig leading a cooking demonstration. Photograph by M. Paganelli.

Chef Nephi Craig leading a cooking demonstration. Photograph by M. Paganelli.

Event Highlights

⦾ Poet and University of Arizona Regent’s Professor Ofelia Zepeda will join O’odham language educator Andrea Ramon in presenting “Native Language Revitalization, Food, & Eating.”

⦾ Renowned basket weaver Terrol Dew Johnson will lead discussions about contemporary basketry and how the challenge of climate change impacts the legacy of native foods and basket weaving.

⦾ Executive Chef Nephi Craig, founder of the Native American Culinary Association will prepare a lunch for Symposium attendees featuring indigenous foods.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the Symposium run $85/day for museum members, and $100/day for non-members, and symposium attendees receive free admission to the Weekend Celebration and Basketry Marketplace with their purchase of both days of the seminar.

Admission to the Weekend Festival for those not attending the symposium is free to museum members, and included with the cost of Museum Admission to non-members (regular rates apply).

Learn more on the Sonoran Desert Museum website.

Header image of salmon on alder wood photographed by M. Paganelli.

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