Pueblo Grande Calendar of Events

April 2018


BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR
THURSDAY, APRIL 19
10 TO 10:45 A.M.
COST: $5, DISCOUNT FOR MUSEUM MEMBERS 

Join collections staff for a "behind the scenes" tour of the museums' collection. Take an intimate tour of the lab, storage, and archival areas not open to the public. See how museums process, organize, and care for their collections.  Space is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve your spot at the front desk.


DROP-IN DISCOVERY: SHELL JEWELRY PRODUCTION
SATURDAY, APRIL 21
10 TO NOON
INCLUDED WITH PAID MUSEUM ADMISSION


Discover the process of making shell jewelry with native artist Rykelle Kemp. Rykelle will explain how she makes shell with silver earrings, and the meaning behind the various indigenous symbols on them. See how she uses a jewelers saw, hammer, steel block and a process called “cold connections” to attached sterling silver to the shell. Listen to the stories of what some of the symbols and designs mean in her different native tribes. One that may be taboo to some is the whirling log, which looks like the swastika. The symbol is being reclaimed by many tribes because of the meaning and importance behind it. This program is included with paid museum admission, made possible by the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary.

PARK OF FOUR WATER TOURS
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
10 TO 11 A.M.
COST: $5, DISCOUNT FOR MUSEUM MEMBERS    

The Park of Four Waters tour will take you through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of two Hohokam canal segments.  “Hohokam” is an archaeological term for an ancestral Native American culture who built a highly sophisticated irrigation canal network in Arizona roughly between A.D. 450 and 1450.  In order to support many large villages and small settlements, the Hohokam irrigated tens of thousands of acres along the Salt River to grow corn, beans, squash and cotton. This is a first come, first serve tour. Space is limited; sign up at the front desk.

PIMA JAZZ – THE LIFE & MUSICAL LEGACY OF RUSSELL"BIG CHIEF" MOORE
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
NOON TO 1 P.M.
FREE LECTURE, LUNCH AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE FROM BUZZNBEEZ   

Did you know that Arizona produced one of the most celebrated and talented jazz musicians of the twentieth century? Celebrate International Jazz Day at Pueblo Grande Museum with a special presentation on Pima Jazz – The Life and Musical Legacy of Russell 'Big Chief' Moore by J. Andrew Darling on April 27 at noon. And don't forget to bring your appetite to enjoy southern and creole jazz flavors for purchase from the Buzz N Beez food truck during the lecture!

Discover the fascinating career of the late Russell 'Big Chief' Moore, an influential jazz trombonist and Gila River Indian Community member. Moore's career includes performances with Lionel Hampton, Papa Celestin, Frank Sinatra, and Billie Holiday. Andrew Darling traces Moore's journey from Gila Crossing to playing with Territorial bands in the Jim Crow South, Big Band's in Los Angeles, New York, and Kansas City and the Louis Armstrong All-Stars throughout the USA, Europe, and Asia. Darling will share unpublished images, videos, and sound clips of this important O'odham jazz musician and activist for Native Americans in the popular arts.

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication.  This presentation is free and open to the public.

SOLD OUT! MEET THE ARTISTS: NAKAI & CLIPMAN
SUNDAY, APRIL 29
6:30 TO 7:30 P.M.
COST: $15 ADVANCED ONLINE ONLY; $20 DAY OF IN MUSEUM STORE ONLY

Celebrate International Jazz Day with a special presentation by R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman on Sunday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Pueblo Grande Museum. In a special one-hour event, Nakai and Clipman will perform music from their Grammy-nominated album, Awakening the Fire.

The soothing tones of the Native American flute and the rhythms of pan-global drums and percussion will create a sonic odyssey that awakens energy and inspires harmony. Experience the magic of traditional flute and ethnic drums as their sound reverberates off a thousand-year old Hohokam platform mound in an outdoor, twilight concert on the patio of the Museum.

After the presentation, guests can meet the artists, take pictures with them, and purchase merchandise. Guests can also enjoy light refreshments provided by Julie's Catering. Advanced tickets are $15 plus fees available online only, or $20 the day of, available in the Museum Store only. NO REFUNDS

This "Meet the Artist" presentation, part of a Fall and Spring concert series, was made possible by the collaborative efforts of Canyon Records, a local independent record label, and the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary. This partnership is a continuation of the recent One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records exhibition of photography, music and concerts from the artists of Canyon Records.

Proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary, a 501(c)3 charitable organization which supports the education, preservation, and interpretive mission of the Museum.

MAY 2018

MUSEUM CLOSED SUNDAY & MONDAY MAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER

PUEBLO GRANDE  MUSEUM AUXILIARY PRESENTATION
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
6:30 TO 8 P.M.
FREE LECTURE

Speaker: San Carlos Apache Fiddler
Topic: Anthony Belvado

Anthony has been making fiddles for about 40 years, getting his start after high school. A postcard image of a long-haired Apache man holding the instrument in a 19th-century photo studio piqued his interest. He went to his grandfather, Salton Reede Sr., who he knew made such fiddles, and asked him about it. A tutorship grew from there, with his grandfather guiding him through the making of the instrument.

Belvado makes his fiddles from agave, using the base of the woody stalk for larger versions of the fiddle, with the narrower portions converted to more traditional-sized models. Other fiddle-makers have used aspen or walnut, but Belvado goes for materials that grow nearby. It takes him about an hour and a half to hollow out an agave that is split in half, with the sides then rejoined for the fiddle. When he tried hollowing out a stalk without splitting it, he said, it took him about two weeks.

This event is free and open to the public, made possible by the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary. Donations are welcome.


INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY
FRIDAY, MAY 18
ALL DAY
COST: FREE ADMISSION WITH TICKET AVAILABLE ONLINE

In honor of International Museum Day on May 18, 2018, Pueblo Grande Museum will be offering free museum admission all day to anyone who registers for a ticket! From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Museum will also be offering free crafts,  gallery tours and have artifact show-and-tell stations set-up in the museum where guests can see up close, touch, and ask questions about different artifacts.