What’s In Our Name? celebrates a Phoenix museum's name change from Pueblo Grande to S’edav Va’aki, a name chosen by tribal partners, the O’Odham, whose ancestors previously inhabited the site. Names have power — both emotionally and spiritually — through oral history, and the City of Phoenix is continuing on its journey of healing with this renaming.

The exhibit will also explore other ways in which the museum has grown through an updated mission statement, new interpretation signs, programming and ultimately, an entirely new interpretation plan.

What’s In Our Name? will be on display at S’eḏav Va’aki Museum from November 7, 2023 through June 2024.

S’eḏav Va’aki Museum (formerly Pueblo Grande) is a 1,500-year-old archaeological site once inhabited by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People. Voted a Phoenix Point of Pride and listed as a National Historic Landmark, the Museum offers two accessible interpretive trails on the prehistoric site. Visitors view a platform mound, ball court and irrigation canals. Indoor exhibits feature artifacts from the site and hands-on activities. The Museum provides preservation, education and collaborative interpretation of the cultural history of the Phoenix area and is managed by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.

Throughout the year, S’eḏav Va’aki Museum offers programs for visitors of all ages. Visit www.phoenix.gov/sedav-vaaki or call 602-495-0901 for more information about upcoming programs and events.

S’eḏav Va’aki Museum, 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix

Hours: October through April, Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4:45 p.m; CLOSED Sunday and Monday, May through September and on most major holidays. 

Admission:  Adults $6, Seniors (55+) $5, Children (6-17) $3, under 6 are Free​