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Community Celebrates Huhugam Ki Museum’s 29th Anniversary

People enjoyed the social dancing during the Huhugam Ki Museum's celebration.

Almost three decades ago, a museum called the Huhugam Ki, or “House of the Ancestors,” opened in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

On Saturday, November 12, twenty-nine years and one day later, the Community celebrated the museum’s 29th anniversary with a social gathering on the Huhugam Ki grounds, next to the Two Waters Complex.

At least 100 people attended the eight-hour event, which included a mesquite pancake breakfast, arts and crafts and food vendors, cooking demonstrations, and traditional O’odham and

Piipaash dancers. Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post 84 posted the colors.

The 29th museum celebration was a success, but expect a bigger celebration come next year for the 30th anniversary, said Gary Owens, the museum’s manager.

The cherished museum is home to art and history exhibits, a store and a repository.

“We are the caretakers [for] what the tribe owns,” Owens said.

The Huhugam Ki Museum is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Guided tours are offered, but call ahead to schedule: (480) 362-6320.

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