Moab Museum Blog

Lotsa Dots on Display in May

April 13, 2022

The annual Delicate Stitchers quilt show will once again bring a pop of color to the Museum’s galleries this Spring. For decades, the Delicate Stitchers Quilting Guild has exhibited at the Moab Museum each year, and the quilt show remains a beloved tradition for many quilters and quilt-admirers alike. This year, the club’s quilting challenge…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Devon Dunajski Creates Canyon Country Colors Display

March 15, 2022

Why are the rocks red? It’s a question often asked by visitors to Moab, and one that Devon Dunajski has answered often. Dunajski, who has worked seasonally as a ranger at Arches and Canyonlands National Parks since 2020. She loves sharing her knowledge about geology with park visitors at work and with friends when exploring…

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Community Curated Exhibits Take Center Stage

February 21, 2022

This spring, a host of temporary exhibits collaboratively curated with local organizations take center stage at the Museum. Mark your calendars, and join us for this dynamic array of exhibitions- featuring the stories, art, and hard work of the community and showcased in the galleries of the Moab Museum. In March, the Moab Valley Multicultural…

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Looking Back and Looking Ahead

January 21, 2022

Amidst the uncertainty brought by COVID-19, the Moab Museum is grateful to be celebrating a busy year of exhibits, programs, and behind-the-scenes projects as we usher in 2022. From our summer exhibit highlighting local petroglyph panels to the traveling exhibition on Chinese Transcontinental Railroad workers, we’ve been thrilled to share a wide array of stories…

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Exploring the Archeological Significance of the Ancestral Load Basket

January 5, 2022

By: Tara Beresh, Curatorial and Collections Manager If you’re local to Moab or a longtime visitor to the Moab Museum, you may be aware of the renowned “burden” basket—an extraordinary ancestral relic, iconic to the area and sacred to proximate Native groups. The cone-shaped basket is styled to be worn like a backpack, is woven…

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Behind the Front Desk: Get to Know the Guest Services Associates!

December 27, 2021

Tuesday, June 1st marked the first day the redesigned Moab Museum opened its doors to the public. Since then, it’s hosted over 3000 guests, and more than doubled its memberships. These achievements have been in part due to our wonderful staff. Visitors to the museum have been primarily engaged by two of the newest members…

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Carving Katsintithu: Experience a Thriving Tradition at the Moab Museum

November 16, 2021

This winter, the Moab Museum has come alive with color. A wide array of intricately carved and vibrantly painted katsintithu – widely known as “kachina dolls”– are on exhibit through February 2022. The temporary exhibition entitled Hopi Katsina: Evolving Styles, Enduring Meanings, offers a glimpse into the flourishing cultural and creative tradition of Hopi katsintithu…

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Authentic Land Acknowledgement: Are we just checking a box?

October 11, 2021

By: Tara Beresh, Curatorial & Collections Manager “It is important to understand the longstanding history that has brought you to reside on the land, and to seek to understand your place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need…

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Hands-on History: Middle School Students Explore Atlatl History

October 6, 2021

Grand County Middle School students recently had the opportunity to practice an ancient skill: throwing darts with atlatls. A second class-lever, atlatls are spear-throwers that have helped hunters across the world for many thousands of years. The first atlatls were invented approximately 17,000 to 21,000 years ago. The earliest known atlatl was found in France,…

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Hopi Katsinam

September 20, 2021

By: Tara Beresh, Curatorial & Collections Manager If you live in the Southwest, you’ve likely encountered brightly painted carved figurines in gift shops. You may have even purchased one. To the average non-Native, “kachina dolls” are a beautiful representation of Southwest Native American culture. The human figures, reminiscent of local ancestral rock imagery, has even…

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