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Connections to Holistic Material: Native Culture Today and Tomorrow with Yolanda Hart Stevens

February 21 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

From birth to death, the mesquite tree is an integral part of life for many who call the desert home. The mesquite tree is just one of many holistic materials, elements of our natural
environment, that are vital to sustaining Native culture and practices. But climate change and environmental degradation are changing the landscapes of Arizona. From the lack of water resources to the loss of mesquite trees, the future is uncertain. Join us for a program about water, land, and the environmental challenges impacting Native communities.

This program is cohosted by Pima County Public Library – Salazar-Ajo Branch.


Yolanda Hart Stevens is an enrolled member of the Gila
River Indian Community, Pee-Posh/Quechan, and currently resides in the village of Komatke, AZ. Hart Stevens is a successful artist and community activist, performing at notable events such as Super Bowl XLII, The National Congress of the American Indian, and serving in highly-regarded positions such as the Smithsonian Institution American Community Scholar and a member of the Kennedy Center for Arts and Education. As an artist in residence at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, and as a teacher of beadwork, she has developed programs to promote a clearer understanding of the people of the Southwest through their history, clothing, and decoration. She teaches a variety of beading techniques, including lazy stitch, edging and peyote stitch at various locals throughout the valley. Hart Stevens is passionate about maintaining a dialogue with her elders, contributing her skill of beadwork, and sharing the given knowledge with her family and young people. She is actively participating in training from Yuman tribal elders.


February 21
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Pima County Public Library – Salazar-Ajo Branch
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Pima County Public Library – Salazar-Ajo Branch
15 W Plaza ST #179
Ajo, AZ 85321 United States
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