Yesterday, our group did a field trip to Canyon de Chelly for the morning tour.  It was cold enough that the tour guide offered us blankets and they were welcome during the first part of the trip out to Antelope House.  We took many pictures of the Anasazi ruins in the canyon, and we marveled at the hardy people who lived here 1000 or more years ago.  Modern day Navajos still use the canyon as a summer home, grazing their livestock and raising peaches, apples, apricots, corn and alfalfa without electricity, paved roads or running water.   The picture below shows two horses who were grazing in the canyon.

Horses graze in Canyon de Chelly.

Horses graze in Canyon de Chelly.

After our tour, we met Emily Malone, Lavera Blake and Rose Yazzie of the Spider Rock Girls for lunch at the Thunderbird Lodge. Here’s a picture of our students with the girls.

From left, Lisa Ward, Emily Malone, Rose Yazzie, Lavera Blake, Debi Ward, Cindy Henry and Diana Frawley in front of one of Lavera's Burntwater rugs at the Thunderbird Lodge.

From left, Lisa Ward, Emily Malone, Rose Yazzie, Lavera Blake, Debi Ward, Cindy Henry and Diana Frawley in front of one of Lavera Blake's Burntwater rugs at the Thunderbird Lodge.

Finally, we just received word from our first October session student Jan Souders completed the rug that she started in Window Rock.  Jan used the session to learn outlining of interlock joins.  It looks great, Jan!

Jan Souders with her completed rug, which features outlined interlock joins.

Jan Souders with her completed rug, which features outlined interlock joins.

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