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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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World Atlatl Day 2024https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/sedav-vaaki-museum/3112S’edav Va’aki Museum5/25/2024 5:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3112/WorldAtlatlDay_SVM_001.jpgWorld Atlatl Day 2024<div class="ExternalClassDA51B92BB34B4991877310DCB7803D4A"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">On June 2</span><sup style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">nd</sup><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">, the C</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ity of Phoenix will officially celebrate it's first 602 day. Like other cities throughout the country, area code day gives Phoenix the opportunity to promote the city as a </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">great place to live, work, and enjoy live. The goal of 602 day is to partner with businesses, cultural organizations, and other groups to provide events and community engagement opportunities that cultivate. civic pride</span></p> <p>In celebration of 602 Day weekend, the S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum invites families to join us for World Atlatl Day and test their prehistoric hunting skills at S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum on Saturday, June 1st! S.A.L.T. (Study of Ancient Lifeways and Technologies), will be conducting an atlatl demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon. <br></p> <p>The atlatl is a weapon predating the bow and arrow. Used worldwide for thousands of years, it proved an effective weapon. It is a stick with a hook on the end to hold the dart/spear, that  increased the distance, speed, and force of the dart/spear. ​<br></p> <p>This FREE event is open to the public with free museum admission from 9 a.m. to noon; donations are welcome. Pre-registration is not required and no experience is needed to join the demonstration. For more information on this or other events at S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum, visit phoenix.com/sedav-vaaki or call (602) 495-0901.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">      </span></p> <p>The goal of World Atlatl Day is to increase awareness and appreciation of this ancient technology and have as many people throw an atlatl on a single day as possible. S.A.L.T. is a local Arizona group whose mission is to teach, share, learn, and practice the skills that allowed ancient people to not only survive but to thrive in their respective environments.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/sedav-vaakiNews
Summer Storytime for Kids at S'edav Va'aki Museumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/sedav-vaaki-museum/3103S’edav Va’aki Museum5/16/2024 9:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3103/SummerStorytime_SVM_002.pngSummer Storytime for Kids at S'edav Va'aki Museum<div class="ExternalClassF3560F9748FE4CD69A12A17C5D6597EB"><html> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;">​The S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum invites families to enjoy children's story time and hands-on crafts in this year's installment of <em style="">Summer Storytime for Kids</em>. This June, SVM will be offering two methods to join our summer storytime program. For $5.00 per child, families can visit us in-person at 10:00AM on June 8th and June 22<sup style="">nd</sup> for on-site storytime. The fee includes program admission, snacks, a fun story related craft, and free museum admission for the participating child. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;">SVM also has options for FREE Virtual storytimes on June 1st</span><span style="font-size:12pt;"> and June 29th</span><span style="font-size:12pt;">. The links to each of the FREE videos will be available on the museum's website and through Activenet (</span><a target="_blank" href="https://apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/Home"><span style="font-size:12pt;">https://apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/Home</span></a><span style="font-size:12pt;">). These free videos will only be available for three months. Crafts for these virtual sessions will also be available to order online through Activenet for $5.00 but will need to be picked up in-person at SVM. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt;">Each week features a different story and unique craft. </span></p><span style="font-size:12pt;"> </span><strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;">June 1st</strong><strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;"> </strong><span style="font-size:12pt;"></span><strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;">– [Virtual] </strong><span style="font-size:12pt;"> </span><em style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;">Night Watchers, Nocturnal Creatures of North America </em><span style="font-size:12pt;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;">by Conrad J. Storad</span><span style="font-size:12pt;"> </span><br style="font-size:12pt;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">​</span><p><span style="font-size:12pt;">This science-filled graphic novel coloring book ignites young readers' curiosity about science and nature where they join Story Monster in learning more about the nocturnal animals native to North America. <strong style="">Program code #51081</strong></span></p><strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;">June 8th</strong><strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;"> – [In-Person] </strong><em style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;">Quincy the Quail and The Mysterious Egg </em><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;">by Barbara Renner.<br></span><br style="font-size:12pt;"><p><span style="font-size:12pt;">While waiting for their chicks to hatch in their new nest Quincy the Quail and his mate, Quella, find a large mysterious egg next to their home. After solving the case of the mysterious egg, the quail covey make new friends with their desert neighbors. <strong style="">Program code #51040</strong></span></p><strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;">June 22nd</strong><strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;"> – [In-Person] </strong><em style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;">Cate and the Garden Bandits</em><em style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;"><strong style=""> </strong></em><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;">by </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;">Betsy Coffeen<br></span><br style="font-size:12pt;"><p><span style="font-size:12pt;">Join Cate the Butterfly on an incredible adventure where she makes new friends to solve the mystery of the missing flower petals from her garden.<strong style=""> Cate and the Garden Bandits the Musical" is coming soon! Program code #51041​</strong></span></p><strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;">June 29th</strong><strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;"> – [Virtual] </strong><em style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;">The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow: A Hickory Doc's Tale </em><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:12pt;">by Linda Harkey<br></span><br style="font-size:12pt;"><p><span style="font-size:12pt;">One day the Lazy Dog Hacienda pack meet Willie, a crow with bad eyesight. Featuring fun color illustrations, this children's story shares how a pack of hunting dogs and an extraordinary crow become friends and learn from one another. <strong style="">Program code #51082</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong style="font-size:12pt;">Authors Biographies</strong></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong style="">Conrad J. Storad</strong> is an award- winning author and editor of more than 60 science and nature books for young readers. An accomplishes storyteller, Storad has “edu-trained" a more than 1 million students and teachers across the national with his programs and writing workshops that promote reading and science literacy.<br style=""></span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong style="">Barbara Renner</strong> is a retired teacher who believes reading enhances an understanding of the world around us. As a classroom presenter, she reads her books and facilitates lessons to children of all ages.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong style="">Betsy Coffeen</strong> is an author, mom, philanthropist, and lifelong learner. She attended the University of Arizona, where she earned her bachelor's degree in psychology, and returned to school during the pandemic to finish her Master of Science degree in psychology from ASU. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong style="">Linda Harkey</strong> loves dogs and loves teaching children. Her experiences as a mother, schoolteacher, volunteer docent and hunting dog owner have inspired her to write the award-winning children's book series, Hickory Doc's Tales.​<br style=""><br style=""></span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;">---------------</span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;">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.</span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">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></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong style="">S'eḏav Va'aki Museum</strong><br style="">4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034<br style="">(602) 495-0901<br style="">www.phoenix.gov/sedav-vaaki</span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">T​he Museum is located on the Southeast corner of 44th St. and Washington St.<br style="">Accessible by the Sky Train and the Sky Harbor Airport Light Rail Station Stop<br style="">Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @SedavVaakiMuseum</span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong style="">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.  </span></p><p><span style="font-size:12pt;"><strong style="">Admission:</strong>  Adults $6, Seniors (55+) $5, Children (6-17) $3, under 6 are Free</span></p><br><br><br><br><br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/sedav-vaakiNews
A Year of Cultural Reverence: Renaming the S’edav Va’aki Museumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/sedav-vaaki-museum/3042S’edav Va’aki Museum3/6/2024 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3042/Legacy-Mural-Newsroom-001.jpgA Year of Cultural Reverence: Renaming the S’edav Va’aki Museum<div class="ExternalClassB98B872C81534ABFABAEA4E63BA6567E"><html> <p>​As the S'edav Va'aki Museum, formerly known as Pueblo Grande, began a journey of celebrating the rich cultural history of Phoenix's ancestors, the past year has been an example to the power of identity, heritage, and inclusivity.</p> In a few short weeks the S'edav Va'aki Museum (SVM) will complete its first year applying its new name after the unanimous vote from the Phoenix Park and Recreation Board on March 23rd, 2023. The decisions to change the museum's name was not just a superficial change, this action brings attention to the reality that names have power, both emotionally and spiritually through oral history. Since that day, museum staff have worked actively to incorporate S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki's new O'Odham name to highlight the connection the site has with the local O'Odham and Piipaash communities. <br><br> In an effort to introduce positive change and meaningful engagement, SVM has debuted its new logo designed by Jacob Butler (Onk Akimel O'Odham) across many platforms to represent an identity that at the same time honors the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People and respects the native communities that currently live around the Phoenix metropolitan area.   <br><br> Continuing this transformative chapter, SVM has spent the past year updating signage throughout the site including the indoor galleries and outdoor trails in the archaeological park. In November, SVM hosted an official ceremony to celebrate the name change and to debut an onsite mural titled<em> <strong>Legacy</strong> </em>by O'Odham artist Thomas “Breeze" Marcus and the new <strong><em>What's in Our Name?</em></strong> exhibit that explores ways in which the Museum has grown through an updated mission statement, new interpretive signs, programm ing, and ultimately, an entirely new interpretation plan.<br><br> Recently, SVM continues to strive toward meaningful engagement by installing new signage next to the Legacy mural. This sign serves a platform for guests to read Breeze's artist statement in his own words, provides an overview of key features of the mural, and discusses the cultural and personal significance of the symbolism found in the artwork. <br><br> As we reflect on this journey of cultural reverence, we are reminded of the power of names, the resilience of communities, and the enduring legacy of those who came before us.<br> </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
Blue Star Museum - Active Military Members and Military Families Get in Free!https://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/5363Blue Star Museum - Active Military Members and Military Families Get in Free!S'edav Va'aki Museum5/18/2024 4:00:00 PM9/2/2024 11:45:00 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 ​The S'e d av Va'aki Museum is once again participating in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The program provides military families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their community, especially after a military move. A list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five military family members. Details When Armed Forces Day through Labor Day (May 18 – September 2, 2024) Where S'e d av Va'aki Museum – 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034 No
World Atlatl Dayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/5382World Atlatl DayS'edav Va'aki Museum6/1/2024 4:00:00 PM6/1/2024 7:00:00 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 ​ In celebration of 602 Day weekend, the S’edav Va’aki Museum invites families to join us for World Atlatl Day and test their prehistoric hunting skills at S’edav Va’aki Museum on Saturday, June 1st! S.A.L.T. (Study of Ancient Lifeways and Technologies), will be conducting an atlatl demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon. This FREE event is open to the public, and museum admission will be free from 9 a.m. to noon; donations are welcome. Pre-registration is not required and no experience is needed to join the demonstration. For more information on this or other events at S’edav Va’aki Museum, visit phoenix.com/sedav-vaaki or call (602) 495-0901. ​ No
Summer Storytime for Kidshttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/5373Summer Storytime for KidsS'edav Va'aki Museum6/8/2024 4:00:00 PM8/31/2024 6:00:00 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 ​ The S'e d av Va'aki Museum invites families to enjoy children's story time and hands-on crafts in this year's installment of Summer Storytime for Kids . This June, SVM will be offering two methods to join our summer storytime program. For $5.00 per child, families can visit us in-person at 1000AM on June 8 th and June 22 nd for on-site storytime. The fee includes program admission, snacks, a fun story related craft, and free museum admission for the participating child. . SVM also has options for FREE Virtual storytimes on June 1 st and June 29 th . The links to each of the FREE videos will be available on the museum's website and through Activenet ( https//apm.activecommunities.com/phoenix/Home ). These free videos will only be available for three months. Crafts for these virtual sessions will also be available to order online through Activenet for $5.00 but will need to be picked up in-person at SVM. Each week features a different story and unique craft. ​​ POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE June 1 st – [Virtual] Night Watchers, Nocturnal Creatures of North America by Conrad J. Storad This science-filled graphic novel coloring book ignites young readers' curiosity about science and nature where they join Story Monster in learning more about the nocturnal animals native to North America. Program code #51081 June 8 th – [In-Person] Quincy the Quail and The Mysterious Egg by Barbara Renner . While waiting for their chicks to hatch in their new nest Quincy the Quail and his mate, Quella, find a large mysterious egg next to their home. After solving the case of the mysterious egg, the quail covey make new friends with their desert neighbors. Program code #51040 June 22 nd – [In-Person] Cate and the Garden Bandits by Betsy Coffeen Join Cate the Butterfly on an incredible adventure where she makes new friends to solve the mystery of the missing flower petals from her garden. Cate and the Garden Bandits the Musical" is coming soon! Program code #51041 June 29 th – [Virtual] The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow A Hickory Doc's Tale by Linda Harkey One day the Lazy Dog Hacienda pack meet Willie, a crow with bad eyesight. Featuring fun color illustrations, this children's story shares how a pack of hunting dogs and an extraordinary crow become friends and learn from one another. Program code #51082 No


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