Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, 500 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV (Clark)
Description: This is event is part of the first Annual Native American Visiting Artists Series at the Old Las Vegas Fort. The Friends of the Fort will be hosting Native American Artists in a four-month series, with the second being on Saturday, July 12, 2014. 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. For more information please contact the Friends of the Fort at 702-486-3511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Native American Visiting Artists: Michael Mahooty