Where to Learn Indigenous Weaving Techniques


The sources of instruction listed here offer instruction either by Navajo (Diné) people or by persons very well versed in Navajo (Diné) weaving techniques and culture. When at all possible, please seek out instruction from a Navajo (Diné). When we know that the teacher is a Navajo (Diné), we have indicated that after the instructor’s name. Remember that if you are going to become a skilled weaver in these techniques, you will need to dedicate considerable time over a period of years, and will probably study with several instructors. We have listed instruction sources by state, and have included email addresses and web sites where available.

Arizona California Colorado Missouri 
  New Jersey New Mexico Oregon


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There were no classes scheduled in Colorado as of our last update on February 5, 2013.


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New Jersey

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New Mexico

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If you know of other classes that we should list, just let me know!  



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  1. Mary Walker on June 2, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Maya, take a look at Lynda Teller Pete’s site. She will be offering workshops in Denver, Lakewood and Golden in June and July. She is at http://navajorugweavers.com/.

  2. Maya Seymour on May 27, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Hello ~ I just sent an email before seeing this thread…I am so very interested in learning to weave, but see that there are no classes offered in CO. Perhaps you have suggestions on where to look for classes in Colorado, specifically the Denver area (although, I can and will drive to take a class!). If you do I would be so grateful for the help. Thank you, and many Blessings ~

  3. Kathy Riggs on January 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Please advise when you have a class list for 2013. I am very interested in any classes given in CA. Thank you

  4. Mary Walker on December 8, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Yes, I’ll be working on class listings for 2013 very soon.

  5. Gary on November 6, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    this is a wonderful list you have here. I am only sorry I found it so late in the year and have missed most of the dates listed. Are you planning on a similar list for next year?

    Thanks so much

  6. Mary Walker on August 17, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I am working on making the videos available as a DVD. It would be used in combination with the book.

  7. Caroline Greenwell on August 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I was adopted at age 3 months, at 22 I found out I was of Indian Heritage. Finally an explanation to the many outdoor enjoyment along with unusual craft choices made throughout my life. I’m so very proud to be an American Indian. I really feel I missed out on teachings of my heritage as well. Although drawn to crafts my whole life now at 52, I suffer many joint and arthritic problems and find it impossible to attend a class both financially and travel would be harsh to my pain level. I’m very anxious to learn the beautiful art of weaving, do you offer DVD’s for sale. My husband being a former builder and general contractor feels sure he could build a very nice loom. Would this be a possibility to learn by DVD instruction? Thank you so much for your site and the passing of your treasured art.
    Warmly, Caroline Greenwell Coxs Creek Ky. 40013