Open house planned at Carson City’s Wungnema House

An inside look at one of Carson City’s historic sites is being offered from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, courtesy of the Foundation for Carson City Parks & Recreation.

An open house and exhibit of selected works of Native American art will be offered at the Wungnema House in Mills Park.

The art, from a private collection, represents a spectrum of tribal or cultural traditions, including Northwest Coast, Puebloan (Hopi), Central California (Miwok), Eastern Woodlands (Iroquoian), Inuit, and Upper Great Lakes (Algonquian).

The house was built in 1948 by a family of Hopi stonemasons, the Wungnemas, and served as their home until the early 1970s. Notable, in addition to the house’s exterior masonry, is the inclusion of the family’s clan symbol in rock fireplace.

The Wungnema’s distinctive masonry survives in many homes and other structures in Carson City, but is also found in homes, churches, ranches, and other structures at Lake Tahoe, Washoe Valley, and Reno.

Access to the house is from the Seely Loop, the east entrance for Mills Park, off North Saliman Road in Carson City, Nevada.

The nonprofit foundation is an umbrella under which various organizations can come together to explore ways to promote and facilitate their activities. It helps organizations with similar goals to promote and meet foundation objectives by acting in a fiduciary capacity to help manage and protect monies raised by members for their various stated projects.

The foundation welcomes new members, especially those who can assist with fundraising, newsletter, publicity, events, recruitment, and park cleanup. Annual membership is $25.

For information, call David Bugli at 775-883-4154 or visit the website


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