PLEASE NOTE: Specific dates, times and classes are to be determined. Visit our calendar for specific dates.
Cholla Bud Harvesting
Cholla buds are one of the staples of a traditional diet for the O’odham and Piipaash. The Museum encourages Community Members to join us in the gathering and preparation of cholla buds with classes on how to prepare, gather and store. The class dates are determined by the cholla bud growing season which varies from year to year.
Mesquite Pancake Breakfast
The Museum opens the summer months with a twist on an old favorite, mesquite pods. We kick off the gathering season by turning the flour from last seasons harvest into pancakes for enjoyment by all. Hosted in conjunction with the SRPMIC Community Day Celebrations, we serve the pancakes with a breakfast side and top it all off with prickly pear syrup. In this morning event we also have information tables, demonstrations, tortilla making and recreations of the historic time frame of the Salt River Community. This event is open to the general public and occurs in June.
We promote traditional ingredients in our current diets. During this month we encourage community members to join us in gathering the mesquite pods to store and then grind in the fall. Education information is made available to the people about the importance of this traditional food and the special uses that come from the mesquite tree. This event usually occurs July-August.
Open to interested community members ages 10 and up. We take the student from making the dough, patting out the tortilla and cooking it on either a wood or gas fire. This activity teaches the values of rising early, patience, commitment and the satisfaction of providing for your family, qualities the community still looks highly upon. This is a week long class that begins right after sunrise and is 2 hours in length. This event occurs June-July.
Mesquite Pancake Breakfast and Hammer Milling
As the season ends in September, we take the fruits of the summer labor and finish the process. The Museum has a hammer mill that will take the pods that were collected and grind them into flour. This in turn is used on making the delicious pancakes that the museum is known for. The flour is sometimes given out, during abundant seasons, throughout the year to the elderly and social programs. A “Home-ganic Market” is also held on this day for those who make their own jams, jellies, breads, sewn work and other crafts. This event is open to the general public.
Museum Anniversary Celebration
The Huhugam Ki Museum was established on November 11, 1987. In recognition of this event we have an annual celebration. It is a festive time where chicken Scratch bands, traditional dance groups, food booths and arts and crafts tables line the museum grounds. It’s a time to reflect on the past achievements of the community and celebrate the things to come. This event is open to the general public.
The holidays are a fun time of family and giving. The museum holds classes for individuals and families to participate in and to take away more than a finished product. Clay ornaments, jams, Ojo de Dios, beaded necklaces, and genealogy scrapbooking are offered. Some classes are adult only but most encourage parent-child participation.
With the season coming to a close, we take time to celebrate. We invite students from the past tamale making classes to bring their own meat filling; we supply the masa and the husks. People get together, sip cocoa, eat cookies, swap stories and make tamales all the while listening to Christmas music and remembering those who are loved.
Traditional Art Classes
The Museum promotes the continuation of traditional arts. Throughout the year we host classes on pottery, beaded cape making, weaving, beadwork, food preparation, and other traditional arts. The students will learn the process, the language surrounding it and the historical background of the O'odham and Piipaash. Open to interested community members, age participation is class specific.
The Huhugam Ki Museum hosts presentations for the community on the different areas of museum work. Curation, collections, archives, maintenance and preservation are important areas in our field and we encourage the community to see what it takes to run a museum.