A high point of your visit to the mesas will be visiting with the Hopi artists and seeing their very creativeexpertly crafted products. One mile east of the Hopi Culture Center on Rte. 264 you will find the Rising Sun Gallery, recently updated and enhanced, and renamed.. Here, Mr. Weaver Salina will give you a live demonstration of Hopi overlay silver jewelry making. With 42 years experience in working with silver, Weaver is best known for his creative contemporary designs, interpretations of traditional Hopi symbols. Weavers shop is adjacent to the gallery show room. If it happens that Weaver has been called to the corn fields, Alberta will be available to show you around. Albertas specialty is in weaving traditional Hopi baskets, and a display of competition awards will attest to her expertise . Alberta follows the Hopi traditional ways of basketry; gathering the native branches and grasses, and cooking up the traditional dies. You may also keep an eye out at art shows and festivals around the four corners; the Salinas attend many of them. You will not regret the time you spend at Rising Sun Galleries with this wonderful, welcoming couple Weaver and Alberta Salina. Parking area adequate for RV's or tour busses.
Latitude: 35.7955385 Longitude: -110.5004883 Elevation: 5725 ft
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Ron is the Chair of the Arizona Archaeological Society, a group of professional and avocational archaeologists which was founded in 1964. It now has 12 Chapters throughout the state, with over 600 members. Members of the Society have worked in several of the sites nominated as well as in many sites elsewhere in Arizona, and continues to support the land managers with maintenance and preservation crew help when called upon. They are avid travelers throughout the southwest and never miss an opportunity to visit a new site or enjoy a new study opportunity. Many Arizona parks and museums in Arizona take advantage of these volunteers to do docent work as well as other tasks requiring knowledgeable, enthusiastic archaeology advocates.