Navajo Santa strives to enhance the lives of indigenous peoples. We acknowledge and support the strengths and the needs of the Navajo people in and around the Utah strip communities through the spirit of giving while fostering trust and respect between cultures.
We provide this support with four distinct programs:
NAVAJO SANTA FAMILY DELIVERY
A delivery of gifts to families in need across the Utah strip. Traditionally this program has always been held the first weekend of each December.
NAVAJO SANTA GIVEAWAY
The Navajo community gathers for a give-away of food, warm clothing, tools, toys and to enjoy a traditional Navajo dinner. This general gathering is held the same weekend of our Family Delivery in early December.
NAVAJO SANTA GOES TO SCHOOL
Each year an elementary school is identified to provide students with warm coats, back to school items, eye examinations, dental hygiene kits and dental education.
NAVAJO SANTA SUSTAINABILITY PROJECTS
We've expanded our operations to include sustainable projects. Such as playgrounds, water tanks, community tools like trailers and more...
We are very fortunate to have many dear supporters without whose generousity we could not have made these many years of Christmas giving possible—thank you!
Kids lining up to get schools supplies and sweatshirts.
Navajo Santa Goes to Navajo Mountain High School
August 22, 2013
We were met at Navajo Mountain High School by Principal Gary Rock and Mart Rule, the principal of Naa Tsis'Aan Community School.
Sweatshirts and school supplies were given to the 35 students at NMHS and the 110 students at the Community School. We presented two guitars to the music teach at NMHS and gave checks in the amount of $10,000 to the schools. The largest check went to NMHS to fund a field trip to Salt Lake City in the spring.
Group shot of the band at the Museum
Whitehorse High School Visits Natural History Museum
Enjoying the exhibit - Weaving a Revolution: A Celebration of Contemporary Navajo Baskets
April 4, 2013
Students from the Whitehorse High School band and their instructor/conductor Matthew Mcclellan presented a concert at the Natural History Museum of Utah on April 4, 2013 as part of their field trip. The students had to meet certain academic requirements and be active participants in Band Level III in order to go on the trip. After the concert they toured the Natural History Museam that was featuring Weaving a Revolution: A Celebration of Contemporary Navajo Baskets exhibit which showcased 150 contemporary baskets from Navajo artists, many of whom the Whitehorse High School students knew of. The students were impressed to see their own culture portrayed in such a beautiful and sensitive way. Then they attended a high school band concert that evening. The next day they worked with several conductors in workshops, toured Abravanel Hall and the Opera Production Studio. They also went to Hogle Zoo. They were very excited and grateful for this opportunity as we were to have them as Navajo Santa's guests. Special thanks to Paul Michael Maxfield and the staff at the Museum of Natural History for making this event such a success.
Monument Valley High School Visits Natural History Museum
April 1, 2013
Monument Valley High School drove to Salt Lake from Monument Valley, Utah to visit the Natural History Museum of Utah on March 25th. They viewed the exhibit Weaving a Revolution: A Celebration of Contemporary Navajo Baskets that included a basket demonstration by one of the artists Anderson Black. Baskets in this exhibit are woven by artists mostly in the Monument Valley area so it was very exciting for the students. After touring the rest of the museum and enjoying a box lunch students were off to Gateway and City Creek malls to explore. That evening they enjoyed a Jazz basketball game.