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S'edav Va'aki Museum

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​Announcement!

As of March 23, 2023, Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeo​logical Park has been renamed to "S'edav Va'aki Museum." Stay tuned for updates to the new signage and other changes and activities this fall! Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to sharing with you Phoenix's rich cultural history.

Vision

S'edav Va'aki Museum will be recognized as the gateway to the cultural history of the Phoenix area.  In collaboration with our communities, we will create memorable experiences that link past to present. ​To honor the site of S'edav Va'aki Museum as a unique community resource through sound preservation practices, engaging educational programs, and the thoughtful care and presentation of cultural materials. For all audiences, S'edav Va'aki Museum​ will foster understanding, appreciation, and respect for our shared cultural history.​​

​​Land Acknowledgement Statement

​The Parks and Recreation Department acknowledges the City of Phoenix is located within Native Land. Read the department's commitment to respecting Ancestral Indigenous Communities.

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22nd Annual Ancient Technology Day at S’eḏav Va’aki Museumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/sedav-vaaki-museum/3016S’edav Va’aki Museum2/8/2024 6:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3016/ATD-Pump-Drill-newsroom.jpg22nd Annual Ancient Technology Day at S’eḏav Va’aki Museum<div class="ExternalClassC7228E7CDE844172BE4E31376A84009C"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Join in on the fun and test your technology skills at the S’edav Va’aki Museum’s 22nd Annual <strong>Ancient Technology Day</strong> on March 9th from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. </span></p> <div>Witness demonstrators present technologies inspired by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People who thrived in a desert environment. Learn about skills such as flint knapping (making arrowheads), raw hide drum making, etching shell jewelry, basketry production, and more! Experts in historic technologies will demonstrate sk​ills from early European settlers such as lace making and adobe brick making! Learn fun facts about the desert environment and try your shot at throwing a spear with an atlatl or using a replica bow to launch an arrow.  <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <em>Ancient Technology Day: Prehistoric & Historic</em>, an official Arizona SciTech Festival event, highlights technologies to provide our guests with a more complete understanding of Arizona’s history and its environment. In addition to hands-on demonstrations, families can enjoy free craft activities and artifact show-and-tell stations. Enjoy an experience that is fun for the whole family! <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>All Ancient Technology Day activities and Museum admission are FREE for the day! Visit phoenix.gov/sedav-vaaki or call (602) 495-0901 for more information.</div> <div>- - - </div> <div>S’eḏav Va’aki Museum (formerly Pueblo Grande) is a 1,500-year-old archaeological site once inhabited by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People. Voted a Phoenix Point of Pride and listed as a National Historic Landmark, the Museum offers two accessible interpretive trails on the prehistoric site. Visitors view a platform mound, ballcourt and irrigation canals. Indoor exhibits feature artifacts from the site and hands-on activities. 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.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Throughout the year, S’eḏav Va’aki Museum offers programs for visitors of all ages. Check out www.phoenix.gov/sedav-vaaki or call (602) 495-0901 for more information about upcoming programs and events.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>S’eḏav Va’aki Museum</strong> </div> <div>4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034</div> <div>(602) 495-0901</div> <div>www.phoenix.gov/sedav-vaaki<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The Museum is located on the Southeast corner of 44th St. and Washington St.</div> <div>Accessible by the Sky Train and the Sky Harbor Airport Light Rail Station Stop</div> <div>Follow us on Facebook and Instagram <strong>@SedavVaakiMuseum</strong></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Hours:</strong>  Museum Hours:  October through April – Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4:45 p.m.  CLOSED Sunday and Monday May through September and most major holidays.  <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Admission:  </strong>Adults $6, Seniors (55+) $5, Children (6-17) $3, under 6 are Free</div> <div> <br> <br> </div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/sedav-vaakiNews
What’s In Our Name? New Exhibit Opening at S’eḏav Va’aki Museumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/sedav-vaaki-museum/2891S’edav Va’aki Museum10/17/2023 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2891/Whats-in-Our-Name-Newsroom.jpgWhat’s In Our Name? New Exhibit Opening at S’eḏav Va’aki Museum<div class="ExternalClass117F9AF493234BECB164A547FB54B235"><html> <p> <em>​What's In Our Name?</em> celebrates the Museum's name change from Pueblo Grande to S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki, a name chosen by our tribal partners, the O'Odham, whose ancestors previously inhabited the site. Names have power, both emotionally and spiritually through oral history. The City of Phoenix is continuing on its journey of healing with this renaming. </p> <p>The exhibit will also explore other ways in which the Museum has grown through an updated mission statement, new interpretation signs, programm​ing, and ultimately, an entirely new interpretation plan.</p> <p> <em>What's In Our Name? </em>will be on display at S'eḏav Va'aki Museum from November 7, 2023 through June 2024.</p> <p>S'eḏav Va'aki Museum (formerly Pueblo Grande) is a 1,500-year-old archaeological site once inhabited by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People. Voted a Phoenix Point of Pride and listed as a National Historic Landmark, the Museum offers two accessible interpretive trails on the prehistoric site. Visitors view a platform mound, ballcourt and irrigation canals. Indoor exhibits feature artifacts from the site and hands-on activities. 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.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Throughout the year, S'eḏav Va'aki Museum offers programs for visitors of all ages. Check out www.phoenix.gov/sedav-vaaki or call (602) 495-0901 for more information about upcoming programs and events.<span style="text-align:center;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> <b>S'eḏav Va'aki Museum<br></b> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">4619 E. Washington St., </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Phoenix</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">, </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">AZ</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">85034<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">(602) 495-0901<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">www.phoenix.gov/sedav-vaaki<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The Museum is located on the Southeast corner of 44th St. and Washington St.</span> <span style="text-align:center;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span> </p> <p> <strong>Hours:</strong>  Museum Hours:  October through April – Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4:45 p.m.  CLOSED Sunday and Monday May through September and most major holidays.  </p> <p> <strong>Admission:</strong>  Adults $6, Seniors (55+) $5, Children (6-17) $3, under 6 are Free<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/sedav-vaakiNews
Pueblo Grande Museum Changing Name to “S’edav Va’aki Museum” https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/sedav-vaaki-museum/2705S’edav Va’aki Museum3/24/2023 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2705/Sedav Vaaki Museum Front.jpgPueblo Grande Museum Changing Name to “S’edav Va’aki Museum” <div class="ExternalClass92E83DB154B84FB1AADCA3B5EFCAAEEB"><html> <p>​During a Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board Meeting on Thursday, March 23, 2023, the board voted unanimously to change the name of Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park to “S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum."</p> <p>The name S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki (Salt River Pima – Maricopa Indian Community spelling) or Central Vahki (English spelling) is an O'Odham name that reflects the connection the site has with the local O'Odham and Piipaash communities. S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki refers to the large platform mound (Va'aki) that is preserved at the site, and the central location of this ancestral village within the Salt River Valley and to the extensive canal system created by these exceptional engineers before Euro-Americans moved into the region.</p> <p>The Parks and Recreation Board also approved the use of the marketing tagline, “Gateway to Phoenix Heritage."</p> <p>“Renaming the Pueblo Grande Museum to the S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum could not come at a better time as our city celebrates Phoenix History Month. The name change reflects our commitment to honoring the Indigenous people who helped build our community thousands of years ago. I look forward to the continued educational impact this museum will have on all Phoenicians," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.</p> <p>“S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum will continue to be an amazing resource for Phoenix history," District 8 Councilmember Carlos Garcia said. “We must ensure that our local institutions are reflecting the diversity of our area and taking steps to recognize and celebrate all cultures."</p> <p>“This is an important step for our City," said Kelly Dalton, Chair of the Parks and Recreation Board. "This new name reflects our commitment to honoring those who have shaped our culture and history."  </p> <p>“Words and titles matter. This name change will help to have a greater and more direct impact on how this significant ancestral site is interpreted," said Shane Anton, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Tribal Historic Preservation Officer.</p> <p>The previous name, Pueblo Grande, is defined in the Spanish language and denotes the site as a “pueblo," which is not how the O'Odham would describe their villages or habitation sites. </p> <p>The museum exists to preserve and help interpret the site and the ancestral occupation and to bring attention to living indigenous communities. Located on a site with one of the few remaining platform mounds (Va'aki) differentiates the museum from other museums in Phoenix. Rebranding the museum with an appropriate O'Odham name will better serve museum audiences. This change will elevate the museum's profile and increase interest in the site.</p> <p>Throughout summer and fall, the museum will gradually begin transitioning signage throughout the museum and on the website. </p> <p>In fall of 2023, the new S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum will unveil its new logo during a “reopening" event.</p> <p>The Parks and Recreation Department acknowledges the City of Phoenix is located within Native Land. Read the department's commitment to respecting Ancestral Indigenous Communities in our Land Acknowledgement Statement on <a href="file:///C:/Users/082377/Desktop/phoenix.gov/parks" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/parks</a>. <br></p><p>Pronunciation guide:<br></p><ul><li><strong>S'e</strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>d</strong></span><strong>av </strong>pronounced suh-UH-dahf</li><li><strong>Va'aki </strong>pronounced VAH-ah-kee</li><li><strong>O'Odham</strong> pronounced awe-THUMB</li><li><strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Piipaash</strong><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> pronounced pee-POSH</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​</span></li></ul><p><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/sedav-vaakiNews

​​Upcoming Events

 

 

'Sending Their Ancestors Home' Exhibithttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4722'Sending Their Ancestors Home' ExhibitS'edav Va'aki Museum, 4619 E Washington Street.6/22/2023 3:00:00 PM6/1/2024 1:00:00 AMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​Join us at S’edav Va’aki for this unique event where we explore the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 30 years later and still striving for healing. No
22nd Annual Ancient Technology Day at S’eḏav Va’aki Museumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/526722nd Annual Ancient Technology Day at S’eḏav Va’aki MuseumS’eḏav Va’aki Museum3/9/2024 4:00:00 PM3/9/2024 10:00:00 PMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​Join in on the fun and test your technology skills at the S'e d av Va'aki Museum's 22 nd Annual Ancient Technology Day on March 9 th from 900AM to 300PM. Witness demonstrators present technologies inspired by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People who thrived in a desert environment. Learn about skills such as flint knapping (making arrowheads), raw hide drum making, etching shell jewelry, basketry production, and more! Experts in historic technologies will demonstrate skills from early European settlers such as lace making and adobe brick making! Learn fun facts about the desert environment and try your shot at throwing a spear with an atlatl or using a replica bow to launch an arrow. Ancient Technology Day Prehistoric & Historic , an official Arizona SciTech Festival event, highlights technologies to provide our guests with a more complete understanding of Arizona's history and its environment. In addition to hands-on demonstrations, families can enjoy free craft activities and artifact show-and-tell stations. Enjoy an experience that is fun for the whole family! All Ancient Technology Day activities and Museum admission are FREE for the day! Visit phoenix.gov/sedav-vaaki or call (602) 495-0901 for more information.​ No


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