On Wednesdays during Dominion GardenFest of Lights, families can make a story-themed craft with staff and volunteers. 5 – 8 p.m. in the Kelly Education Center, Classroom 1 (across from the train room).
Make a Soyal-inspired “Story Stick” with a stick, feathers, string, pine needles and beads.
The Hopi Native Americans of Northern Arizona celebrate Soyal at the winter solstice. This ceremony welcomes the Kachinas, or protective spirits from the mountains, and seeks to convince the sun to come back closer to the earth, bringing once again longer, warmer days. Friends and relatives exchange prayer sticks of feathers and pinyon needles tied on cotton string. Soyal is traditionally a time to remember the importance of living with humility, cooperation, respect, and earth stewardship.