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Tohono O'odham Connections:
Beading Workshop with Thomasa Rivas

Saturday May 25th 2024 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 a beaded pendant or pin 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 water bottle


$30 per person: includes all materials needed, which will be yours to keep at the end of the workshop!

There are scholarships available. If you feel the cost of this workshop is inaccessible to you, please inquire with Kate using the contact info listed below.


If paying online is challenging, please contact us. Checks or cash must be paid ahead of time.


We purchase all tools and materials from small purveyors as locally as possible. Workshop includes:


     Beading Needle

     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 contact Kate Hodges with any questions 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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