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Tohono O'odham Connections:
Beading Workshop with Thomasa Rivas

Saturday, May 20th, from 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

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Join Tohono O’odham artist Thomasa Rivas and local artist Kate Long Hodges for this special workshop out at the Land With No Name. You will receive instructions for beaded pins 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, and carpooling is encouraged.


What to bring: a bag lunch and payment $125 per person cash, Venmo, or check, payed on site at the workshop please make checks payable to Land With No Name Sanctuary


9:30 AM - meet at Kestrel Kafe: 10390 S Sierrita Mountain RD Tucson AZ 85736

9:45 - Caravan to The LWNN Sanctuary, located 8 miles from the Kestrel Kafe.

10:15 - Beading instruction and discussion

12:30 PM - Lunch (please come prepared with your own bag lunch)

1:00 - more beading and discussion time

2:30 PM - caravan back to Tucson

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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