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Hopi Katsina

To the average non-Native, “kachina dolls” are a beautiful representation of Southwest Native American culture. To Hopi and Zuni people, however, Katsina carries deep meaning. The symbolism inherent in these objects, which are commonly sold as souvenirs, is complex and dates as early as the mid-18th century.

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Butch Cassidy was Here: Historic Inscriptions of the Colorado Plateau

A treasure trove of photographs from across the region documented by rock inscription experts and backcountry adventurers James Knipmeyer and Mike Ford. This exhibit weaves together the records left behind by trappers, traders, missionaries, government expeditions, cowboys, outlaws, homesteaders, explorers, and others.

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Memories of Quarentine / Memorias de la Cuarentena

As the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a halt in the early months of 2020, Moab resident Mónica Piñera sought to capture the stories arising around her both here in Utah and in her native Mexico.

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Everett Ruess, a young man

Block Prints By Everett Ruess

Block Prints by Everett Ruess is a Utah Department of Arts & Museums’ traveling exhibition which includes a selection of block prints created by artist and writer, Everett Ruess, depicting his travels throughout the western United States in the early 20th century. Running from November 11th through February at the Moab Museum, the prints included in the exhibition are among those he created during the five years period prior to his disappearance in the Escalante canyons in 1934, including travels between the Californian coast, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the canyonlands of Utah and Arizona.

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Grandstaff Canyon by Susan Larson

William Grandstaff: Black Frontiersman and Moab Settler

William Grandstaff was an early settler of the Moab region- a Black cowboy and frontiersman who once ran cattle in the canyon we today call Grandstaff Canyon. His story has long captivated imaginations and elicited speculation: what would his life have been like? Where did he come from before Moab, and what was his life like after? How would his racial identity have impacted his life experiences as a frontiersman?

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A Grand Heritage: Stories from the Oral History Archive

Oral histories paint a vivid picture of days gone by - adding detail and depth to our understanding of the past. How can we preserve community stories moving forward? Learn more about the Museum’s efforts to preserve, diversify, and increase access to the range of oral histories in our Collection and add your family history by visiting the exhibit. "A Grand Heritage" will be on display through the end of April.

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Flower Power: Delicate Stitchers Quilt Guild Annual Show 2023

05/13/2023 - 06/12/2023
This year’s quilt challenge is entitled ‘Flower Power’ and features floral fabrics and other blooming design elements – as well as a few historic quilts from the Moab Museum’s Collection, which feature flowers as well. During the exhibition opening, which was open to the general public, visitors had the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments with the quilters themselves, throughout the evening. For the duration of the exhibit, visitors may vote on their favorite designs, and the Quilters Guild will provide an award to the winner. The temporary exhibition will be on display mid May through mid June, 2023.

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The People’s Tapestry: Weaving Tradition in Navajo Culture

Summer - Winter 2023
A celebration of the magnificent weavings created by the Diné (which means "the people" in Navajo), the exhibit presents a space for storytelling by The People through weaving demonstrations and approximately 100 textiles displayed in the spirit of historic trading posts across the four corners region. Historic photographs highlight weaving scenes from centuries ago, while contemporary images of heritage sheep shearing remind guests of a deeply rooted tradition that thrives still, today. Interpretive text introduces historical events that influenced weaving styles, and the symbolism inherent in their designs.

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A Moab Prison Camp: Japanese American Incarceration in Grand County

February - June 29, 2024
The local and national story of Japanese American incarceration during WWII. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Moab Isolation Center played a brief but significant role in the web of Japanese American incarceration facilities: a former Civilian Conservation Corps camp was transformed into a temporary prison camp for so-called “troublemakers” from other camps. A tale of injustice and resilience includes the Smithsonian’s Righting a Wrong poster exhibition and research conducted by Utah State Parks.

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Moab’s Legacy of Care: A Brief History of Medical Services

Moab Regional Hospital
April 2024 onwards.
Moab’s medical history is defined by dedicated caregivers both inside and outside hospital walls. In times of financial hardship, the question has been posed, What is a hospital worth? But this question inspires yet another conversation: what is a community’s health worth?

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