Library News

By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: November 8, 2013

Library Events in November

Hopi quilts will be on display at the Library on White Bear Road for the month of November. Most of them will be for sale, with proceeds going to the quilt maker and a portion of the sales to be donated to Sedona Public Library in the Village.

The story of Hopi textiles and the history of quilting on the Hopi Mesas in Northern Arizona is an interesting tale. For centuries, Hopi men grew cotton and spun and wove the fibers into blankets and clothing. In the 1880s, Anglo missionaries and government teachers introduced quilting to the Hopi people. Quilting soon became integrated into Hopi culture and ceremonies. Today, there are fourth- and fifth-generation Hopi quilt makers who have created their own unique quilting traditions.

The Library will present a Celebration of Native American Art and Culture on Sunday, November 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. It will feature three speakers, artwork for sale, and Native American music. A portion of the proceeds from any sales will be donated toward services at Sedona Public Library in the Village.

Speakers are scheduled for the following times:

2 p.m.: “Hopitutuqaiki Art School Activities,” presented by artist Wilfred Kaye, former School Board member

3 p.m.: “The Art of Traditional Flute Music,” including a demonstration by David Wolfs Robe, flute maker, performer, and educator

4 p.m.: “The Long Walk of the Navajo People,” an Arizona Humanities Council program by author and speaker Evangeline Parsons Yazzie

Native Americans from several tribes will have their artwork available for purchase during the afternoon event. Art items include pottery, carved katsinas, wall hangings, Navajo jewelry, children’s books, sculpting in stone, music CDs and more.

During the celebration on November 10, we will also have on display the Hopitutuqaiki Art School 2013 Opportunity Quilt, titled "Hopi Yuusi" (Hopi Clothing), which is made up of Hopi ceremonial weaving designs. It was created by Hopi women students under the supervision of master quilter Linda Visnaw. Professional quilters call quilts used for fundraisers "opportunity quilts."

The quilt will be shown throughout the Southwest at various venues to raise money for the Hopitutuqaiki Art School. Raffle tickets are available for purchase at each site that the quilt is shown and at the school website at The raffle for the quilt will take place in July 2014.

The Art School is unique in that it features both contemporary art forms as well as Hopi traditional art forms, ranging from basket-making and weaving to contemporary air-brushing and glass-blowing.

As Veterans Day approaches, we’d like to remind you that you can experience a piece of history by watching American veterans tell their unique stories. The Veterans History Project of Sedona is making available a collection of 65 interviews on DVD that you can view on library computers. Interviews are 30 to 90 minutes long and are indexed by name, conflict, and branch of service. Each features a local veteran or a veteran with a local connection. The number of interviews on DVD will increase as more veterans participate. For more information about the Veterans History Project or to watch an interview, stop by the reference desk.

Founded in 1958, Sedona Public Library is a non-profit corporation that serves the community as a public library. To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Library, mail your gift to Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.

Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Virginia Volkman is Director of the Sedona Public Library.