Saturday was Craft Day at the warehouse. This has been a tradition that has been growing in popularity and relates directly to the Christmas Ornament Program, an important feature of the annual Rug Show.
At the Annual Rug Show we bring a number of our Elders from the reservation to Park City. They bring with them many rugs as well as other crafts which they sell to the public. This provides them with much needed resources to help them through the upcoming winter months. Although the benefit of these sales is great for the families who come to Park City, the remaining 500 or so Elders in our program who don't come to the show can't participate in this source of support.
This disparity is what inspired the Christmas Ornament Program 6 or 7 years ago. We create an ornament for each of the Elders who are chosen to be a part of the program that year. Each ornament is made specifically for an individual Elder. The purchaser of the ornament can choose what and how much to give to that Elder.
The Christmas ornaments have a picture of the Elder together with some basic information about them and a list of their specific needs. Here is the starting point for the ornament that will be created for Celone Smallcanyon Dougi of Navajo Mountain.
The creation of the ornaments is what takes place on Craft Day at the warehouse. On a Saturday morning in June 30 to 40 volunteers gather to apply their creative energies to this task. It's a day of great fun and camaraderie with light refreshments provided.
Let's follow the creative process as Gina turns the materials shown above for Celone into a finished ornament:
Here she holds the finished ornament. Afixed to the back is the information about Celone and what can be donated on her behalf.
Here's a look at some of the other things that happened during Craft Day - - -
This is one of the long tables where volunteers worked on their projects:
rug show. Unfortunately we can't let any of them go before the big event, but please plan to be there in November to help support this valuable way to assist our Elders.