The 18th annual Navajo rug show and sale will be Nov. 9-12 at the Snow Park Lodge at Park City's Deer Valley Resort.

This year's theme is "A Mother's Legacy, The Male Weavers." The show will feature works of many top male weavers. The annual event provides guests the opportunity to learn more about Native American culture, witness traditional ceremonies and meet Navajo elders and their families who travel from their homeland to the show. The food and clothing collected during the event, including all proceeds from the sale of rugs, jewelry and art go directly to tribe Elders.

Friday, Nov. 9:

The event opens to the public with a fundraiser from 6-10 p.m. at the Snow Park Lodge, with hors doeuvres, refreshments, Native American and Western entertainment and the rug exhibit. A live auction of donated artwork, trips and special gift packages will take place between 8-9 p.m. A 10 percent discount on all rugs purchased Friday evening will be offered.

Saturday, Nov. 11:

The rug show and sale continues from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. with a variety of events, demonstrations and entertainment throughout the day. At 8 a.m. young Navajo girls will compete in presenting traditional Navajo dress, introducing themselves in the Navajo language and describing the clan they belong to, as well as performing a talent. The selected "Navajo Princess" will be crowned at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 12:

The show opens at 10 a.m. and features an appearance by war hero George Willie discussing his experience as one of the distinguished Navajo "Code Talkers" in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. At 1 p.m., the Navajo grandmothers will present a weaving demonstration, followed by a POW WOW at 3 p.m. performed by the Harry James Dance Troupe. The show closes at 6 p.m.

Tickets to Friday evenings fundraiser are $30 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Adopt-A-Native-Elder at (801) 474-0535. Admission to the rug show on Saturday and Sunday is $5 and/or a donation of canned items to the Elders.

For further information, contact Linda Myers with Adopt-A-Native Elder Program, (435) 649-0535, or e-mail: [email protected].