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Celebrating the contribution of Navajo weavers, veterans

This weekend the Adopt-a-Native-Elder Program, established by Park City resident Linda Myers, will host its 18th annual rug show and sale at Snow Park Lodge in Deer Valley. The local event has become a traditional pre-Thanksgiving celebration of America’s diverse cultural heritage and an opportunity to share our community’s prosperity with others.

The theme of this year’s rug show focuses, for a change, on the male weavers in the Navajo community and how they are working to preserve their traditions. Also, because the show coincides this year with Veterans Day, organizers have invited Navajo Code Talker George Willie to speak.

The Code Talkers are credited with helping the Allies turn the tide of World War II because their language is extremely complex, has no alphabet and is nearly unintelligible to anyone other than native speakers. More than 400 Navajos were enlisted during the war to encrypt and decipher critical communications and they played a pivotal role in several battles, notably at Iwo Jima.

In previous years the weavers’ stunning rugs and other tapestries have adorned the rough-hewn log walls at Snow Park and the artwork has been snapped up by wise investors who recognize the authenticity of each handwoven piece. And according to Myers, profits from the sale enable many of the elderly members of the tribe to continue living on their ancestral lands and pass their weaving techniques along to subsequent generations.

The rug show will take place at Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley Resort today through Sunday. On Sunday, from 10 to 11 a.m. Willie will speak following a Navajo Veterans Day ceremony.

Later on Sunday there will also be a local Veterans Day observance at the Olympic Welcome Plaza located behind Squatters Roadhouse Grill near the intersection of S.R. 224 and Kearns Boulevard. The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. and everyone is welcome.


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