S’edav Va’aki Museum Continues Tradition with Annual Indian Market in December Formerly Pueblo Grande Museum, S’edav Va’aki Museum Welcomes 110 Native American Artists to Phoenix
By Claire Natale -
Wednesday Oct 18, 2023
PHOENIX – The 46th Annual S’edav Va’aki Museum Indian Market (formerly known as Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market) takes place on Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4619 E. Washington St. in Phoenix. The Indian Market features more than 110 Native American artists vending fine art, crafts and cultural items, as well as main stage performances, cultural demonstrator area and food sales.
Main stage entertainment includes hoop dancing, Native American flute, an Indie Rock band, traditional dance and solo guitar. The cultural demonstrators in the Ki:him (O’odham word for village) area provide hands-on learning in hoop dancing, beading, gourd art, shell etching, mask making and other activities suitable for all ages.
Performers on the main stage include:
- Gabriel Ayala (Yaqui), renowned composer and guitar player
- Tony Duncan (Apache, Arikara and Hidatsa), World Champion Hoop Dancer and Native American flute player
- Violet Duncan (Kehewin Cree), internationally recognized dancer and storyteller
- Chi Chino Spirit O’Odham Dance Group, traditional song and dance of the Akimel O’Odham (Pima Tribe) from Gila River Indian Community
- One Way Sky, an Indie Rock band also from the Gila River Indian Community
Martha Ludlow-Martinez, a singer and storyteller from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, is the main stage emcee. At the Indian Market, guests can enjoy popular Native American foods including fry bread and Navajo tacos from vendors like Tammy & Chris’s Frybread, Skoden Coffee, The REZ an Urban Eatery and Sunny Concessions.
This year’s featured artist for the market is Kevin Horace-Quannie (Hopi, Navajo) who specializes in carved kachina dolls (some of which have been transformed into bronze sculptures) and abstract sand-textured paintings. A member of the Water, Corn and Salt Clans from the Hopi and Navajo Communities, Quannie began his artistic journey carving kachinas during his career as a tribal ranger.
“Though our name may be different, we are confident that our renewed dedication to educating Arizonans on the history of the land will shine through this year’s market,” said Nicole Armstrong-Best, museum administrator. “This event is not just for Native Americans in the community. We challenge all Arizonans to come explore this hands-on learning experience to celebrate the land’s ancestral roots.”
Entrance to the museum is included in admission for guests to explore the rich history of the Va’aki, the large mound on-site where ancestors of the O’Odham and Piipaash peoples built their community. The museum was renamed from Pueblo Grande Museum in March to better honor the Native American connection to the S’edav Va’aki.
All items sold at the Indian Market comply with The Indian Arts and Crafts Act (IACA) of 1990 and are authentic and handmade.
Admission is $5 per person. The Indian Market is free to Indigenous people, active and retired military personnel, S’edav Va’aki Museum Foundation members, children ages twelve and younger, and both police and fire personnel. Attendees receive free admission to the museum when they purchase tickets to the Indian Market.
The Indian Market is made possible through the generosity of Casino Arizona, Arizona Humanities, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.
The Museum is located on the Southeast corner of 44th St. and Washington St.
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Museum hours: October through April – Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4:45 p.m. CLOSED most major holidays. Museum Shop hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday 1-4 p.m.
Museum Admission: Adults $6, Seniors (55+) $5, Children (6-17) $3, under 6 are free and Children 17 and under are free on Sundays.
About the S’edav Va’aki Museum
The S’edav Va’aki Museum, formerly known as the Pueblo Grande Museum, is a 1,500-year-old archaeological site once inhabited by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People (Hohokam). Voted a Phoenix Point of Pride and listed as a National Historic Landmark, the Museum offers two accessible interpretive trails on the prehistoric village site. Visitors view a platform mound, ballcourt and irrigation canals. Indoor exhibits feature artifacts from the site and hands-on activities for kids. The museum provides preservation, education, and collaborative interpretation of the cultural history of the Phoenix area and is managed by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.