Chinle, AZ We have just returned from a wonderful and unforgettable day of weaving at Spider Rock. Emily Malone and her daughter Larissa Blake graciously opened their home at the base of Spider Rock to our students and even taught us how to make frybread and Navajo tortillas. It turns out that making a good looking piece of frybread is not as easy as one might think, but perhaps we were distracted by the view. Emily and her family use their property in Canyon de Chelly during the summer and live on the canyon rim in the winter and are the teachers of the this class.
According to Navajo history, Spider Rock is the home of Spider Woman, who taught the Navajo people to weave on a magical loom constructed by Spider Man. We are very grateful that Emily and Larissa believe that the gift of Spider Woman may be shared among all five fingered beings and we will always treasure our journey to the place where Navajo weaving began.
Hagoshíí (so long for now)