The Huhugam Ki Museum held its celebration on November 8 to mark its 27th year serving the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The festivities took place outside the museum in various open areas and at Friendship Park.
The doors opened to the public at noon. Inside the museum was a new exhibit of pottery donated back to the Community from Elizabeth Smith, who had a total of 15 different pottery pieces. Smith was given the pieces by her grandmother, who acquired them in 1895. Smith kept and cared for the pottery for more than 67 years.
Outside and around the museum, staff members handed out samples of beans with cholla buds, along with wheat and flour tortillas. Food vendors were also on site, as well as arts and crafts vendors selling jewelry, clothing and artwork.
Throughout the day, singers and dancers performed while the visitors walked around or sat under a canopy in the shade. Dance groups including Bird Dancing by the River, the Gila River Dance Group and the Yellow Bird Dancers performed for the public outside the museum, as