Weaving Class with Nanabah Aragon (January)

According to Navajo oral tradition, two holy people, Spider Woman and Spider Man, introduced weaving to the Navajo. Spider Man constructed the first loom, which was composed of sunshine, lightning, and rain,  and Spider Woman taught the people how to weave on it. Spider Woman was discovered by the Holy Twins, the culture heroes of the Navajo Creation Story, in a small opening in the earth surrounded by an array of beautiful weavings. Entering her dwelling, the Holy Twins descended a ladder made of yarn, whereupon Spider Woman offered them knowledge of the world of weaving.

Navajo Weaver Nanabah Aragon continues the weaving traditions of her people. She is a master weaver whose works are on display at numerous renowned institutions, including the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., and has been been recognized as an “Arizona State Treasure”.

We are pleased to be offering a special two-day weaving class presented by Nanabah. The class will be held on two days, Saturday and Sunday, January 14-15, in the Elvis Chapel from 9am to 1pm. Cost of the class is $85.00. Students must provide their own yarn, and will be notified at a later date as to how much to bring.

The class size is limited to five people, and payment is due with registration. If you are interested in signing up for this special class, please contact Dave McElligott at 480-983-4888 option 3, or email him at giftshop@superstitionmountainmuseum.org

Please print and complete this form, then submit with your payment to Superstition Mountain Museum in person or by mail. If you have any questions regarding this class, please contact Jeff Danford at 480-292-0815 or by email to giftshop@superstitionmountainmuseum.org

"Elvis" Chapel

Originally an important feature of the Apacheland Movie Ranch, the “Elvis” Chapel is an amazing location to hold your special event. Whether a wedding, elopement, renewal of vows, memorial service, or celebration of life, it is available for events every day from 8am to 8pm. The air-conditioned chapel seats 75 guests comfortably. A bridal room with bath is located in the rear of the chapel.

The Elvis Memorial Chapel is a movie prop that was used in the 1969 Elvis Presley western “Charro!” — the only movie Elvis made in which he did not sing, but played a strictly dramatic role. During the movie shoot, a specially-made steeple was constructed and put on the chapel so that it could be blown off during an explosion central to the movie’s plot.

It’s a survivor of two fires: one in 1969 and one in 2004, which decimated Apacheland Movie Ranch. The Elvis Memorial Chapel was donated to the Superstition Mountain Museum by Sue and Ed Birmingham.

The Elvis chapel is one of three venues on the grounds used for weddings and other private events.

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