Chinle, AZ Spider Rock Girl Laramie Blake will be graduating from Chinle High School on May 22nd and I was honored to be asked to take her graduation pictures. We spent about two hours at the Spider Rock overlook at Canyon de Chelly today, taking about 125 pictures that we browsed through over dinner at the Thunderbird Lodge cafeteria with Laramie’s mother, Emily Malone and her little sister Alyssa. One of Laramie’s favorite portrait shots, above, appears with her permission, and more will be posted in the next couple of days at the Spider Rock Girls web site. A second picture that we both like appears below. Laramie is wearing a traditional bííl dress, a Zuni needlepoint squash blossom necklace, bracelets and earrings and traditional moccasins with deerskin leggings. Laramie has paid her educational expenses with her weaving since she was in middle school.
Laramie plans to major in business at Diné College in Tsaile starting in the fall.
Hagoshíí (so long for now)