Native American Artist Series - Michael Mahooty
Join us as we welcome Michael Mahooty, who is a full blooded member of the Zuni Nation in New Mexico. He began his carving career after his father, a well known Zuni silversmith and later a carver himself, passed away when Michael was 12 years old. His older brother taught him a few steps, but then Michael learned on his own, creating the animal fetishes for which Zuni are known for world-wide. His innate gift allows him to use very dense rock as tiger eye (gold color); amethyst (purple); obsidian (black); labradorite (bright rainbow iridescent colors); and lepidolite (light purple) to create memorable traditional fetishes such as turtles and bears, along with modern figures including butterflies and elephants. Michael will speak about the symbolism of the animals, demonstrate his carvings and have items for sale. Park Staff will have crafts for children. Refreshments will be available.
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort Historic State Park
500 E. Washington Ave. , Las Vegas, NV 89101