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Tohono O'odham Connections:
Beading Workshop with Thomasa Rivas

Saturday, Dec 9th, from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Made possible by the Arizona Commission on the Arts Lifelong Arts Engagement Award

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Join Tohono O’odham artist Thomasa Rivas and local artist Kate Long Hodges for this special workshop at the Land With No Name. You will receive instructions for beaded earrings and learn traditional bead weaving skills. The discussion with Thomasa, facilitated by Kate, will explore Tohono O’odham history, storytelling, and present-day life. Kate will provide additional refreshments of Prickly Pear juice and Mesquite chocolate chip cookies.

Transportation: We will meet at Kestrel Kafe and caravan out to the Land from there. Roads can be rough, high-clearance vehicles are preferable, carpooling is encouraged

What to bring: a bag lunch and payment


$100 per person: includes all materials and tools, which will be yours to keep!

to be paid on site with cash, Venmo, or check

(please make checks payable to Land With No Name Sanctuary)

There are a limited number of scholarships available. If you feel the cost of this workshop is inaccessible to you, please inquire using the RSVP information below.


This is the total cost of all materials and tools needed to make 4 pairs of earrings.  We purchase our materials locally, we do not order them in bulk from conglomerate purveyors. Since you are purchasing the tools and materials, you will get to bring everything home with you to use again either on your own or in future LWNN workshops! Includes:

     Needle nose pliers

     Sewing needles


     4 sets silver cone attachments

     4 sets silver earring wire

     Leather backings


10:00 AM - Meet at Kestrel Kafe: 10390 S Sierrita Mountain Road, Tucson AZ 85736

10:15 - Caravan to The LWNN Sanctuary, 8 miles from Kestrel Kafe

11 AM - Beading instruction: first portion

1:00 PM - Lunch - please come prepared with your own bag lunch, Kate will provide additional refreshments of Prickly Pear juice and Mesquite chocolate chip cookies

1:30 - Beading instruction: second portion

3:00 PM - Caravan leading cars out to go home

Please RSVP with Kate Hodges at:   520.975.1965   or

Kate Long Hodges and Thomasa Rivas have been friends for many years. They come from completely different worlds – Kate from the snowy mountains of Vermont, and Thomasa from the Tohono O’odham Nation of Southern Arizona. They find common ground, both loving to work with their hands, create, laugh, and share stories about their families.

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