Camp Verde, AZ —Montezuma Castle 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 Sunday, September 4, 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.