The nonprofit mission of Native Seeds/SEARCH is to conserve and promote arid-adapted crop diversity to nourish a changing world. We work within the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico to strengthen regional food security.
Please join us in this necessary work.


Native Gourd Craft and Rattle-Making Workshop

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Native Gourds for Gardens, Craft and Ceremony – A one-of-a-kind gourd-craft and rattle-making workshop

**This event has been rescheduled. Please note new date.**

Every gourd has a “personality” of its own which suggests to the craftsperson what should be done with it. This ancient domesticate, grown by people of the Americas for 9000 years, has served Natives of the desert Southwest for many purposes: dishes, utensils, toys, storage, music, percussion and communication with the spirit-world.

In this hands-on experience you’ll become familiar with gourds from seed and soil, sculptural fruit to sound-maker. Native American musician and artisan R. Carlos Nakai will lead the workshop and guide us through the process and purposefulness of making our own gourd rattles. Ethnobotanist Martha Burgess of Flor de Mayo Arts will also instruct the workshop. Learn how to carve and decorate your choice of gourd, fashioning your own rattle. Bring sticks for rattle handle, bag lunch, a cushion for sitting as we make creative messes and befriend this heirloom gift from Native gardens.

Saturday, March 16, 2013
9 am - 1 pm

$50 for NS/S members
$70 for non-members (price includes NS/S membership)

NS/S Conservation Center
3584 E. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718


Register online or call 520.622.0830