Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count at Tuzigoot

Clarkdale, AZ —Tuzigoot National Monument invites the public to participate in this year’s Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count. The event is December 18, 2022 and limited to ten (10) participants. Due to current Covid-19 community levels being in the red, masks are required for all participants. The survey will be a 2-hour guided hike beginning at 8:30 a.m. and go through the Tavasci Marsh portion of the park. Please RSVP with the Tuzigoot Visitor Center by calling 928-634-5564. Participants should dress in layers for winter weather and carry water at all times. Binoculars will be available; however, it is recommended to bring your own. Participants are not required to pay the park entrance fee unless choosing to recreate or visit the Tuzigoot pueblo after the survey.

The Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count is now in its 123rd year and is the oldest largest citizen science project in the world with over 80,000 volunteers. Counts take place in 16-mile diameter circles within a single 24 hour period that must fall between December 14th and January 5th.

Clarksdale, AZ — In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Tuzigoot is excited to host weekly cultural demonstrations, performances, and presentations throughout the month of November 2022.  November serves as a significant time when we recognize Native American people, celebrate their rich and vibrant cultures, and recognize their many sacrifices, contributions, and achievements to the nation.  Come help celebrate this wonderful occasion in your parks!

All events are free with paid admission and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Please visit the parks website and social media sites for event details.

Basket Weaving Demonstration (NPS)

Clarkdale, AZ —Tuzigoot National Monument is proud to welcome cultural demonstrators Marvene and Nuvadi Dawahoya to the park during Labor Day weekend. They will be selling some of their crafts and demonstrate on Saturday, September 3, 2022 from from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Marvene Dawahoya is a Hopi basket weaver from the village of Polacca on First Mesa. Marvene will demonstrate tradition basket weaving; hand made using raw yucca. The process entails weaving the yucca then tying baskets to a traditional wood frame, such as sumac or willow branches, and using commercial dye to paint intricate designs. Nuvadi Dawahoya, from Hopi’s Second Mesa, is a wood carver and will be demonstrating animal figurine carvings made from cottonwood root. These figurines are hand sanded, stained, textured, and painted with natural pigments and acrylic paints. Each figure is completely unique from one another and no two are ever alike.