Navajo rugs on display at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. Courtesy/Hubbell Trading Post
From Friday, Aug.18, through Sunday, Aug. 20, Bandelier National Monument will be hosting the Hubbell Trading Post Navajo Rug Trunk Show.
It will be presented from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the park Visitor Center. Authentic Navajo rugs will be available for sale in a wide array of designs and prices, straight from the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site in Ganado, Arizona. Hubbell’s trader, Edison Eskeets, will present rug talks at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day.
Eskeets will describe the weaving process, history, symbolism, and artistry of the rugs, as well as how to choose and care for them. A Navajo weaver will present weaving demonstrations throughout the show. Park entrance fees apply, but there is no charge for the event. Visitors must take the shuttle buses between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Hubbell Trading Post is the oldest continuously-operating trading post in the Southwest. This internationally-recognized site was established in 1876 by famed trader J.L. Hubbell as a center of commerce for the Diné (Navajo) people. The show is sponsored by Western National Parks Association (WNPA), a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service. WNPA supports 71 parks across the western United States, including providing the bookstore at Bandelier. The rug show is also funded in part through an Imagine Your Parks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information on Hubbell Trading Post, call 520.603.9688 or visit hubbelltradingpost.org; for Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, call 928.755.3475 or visit www.nps.gov/hutr.
For WNPA, call 520.622.1999 or visit wnpa.org.
For the Bandelier bookstore 505.672.3861 x 515; Bandelier National Monument, 505.672.3861 x 517 or www.nps.gov/band. Bandelier also has a Facebook page at BandelierNPS.