October Weaving in Beauty Class: Canyon De Chelly
Today, six members of our class went to Canyon de Chelly for a half-day tour. The weather was perfect and we had a great time guided by David Benally, who has been taking people through the canyon for 29 years. You can see David pointing out some of the features of the canyon below.
The canyon is a wonderland of rock formations, rock art and Anasazi ruins that is also the summer home of many Navajo people. Some of the rock art depicts the canyon’s history through the eyes of the early Navajo inhabitants. You can see a close-up of the Spanish mural below. This mural depicts the arrival of Spanish soldiers who would massacre many of the Navajos living in the Canyon in the early 1800’s.
We drove back to WIndow Rock via the north rim of the canyon and arrived back in Window Rock at about 4 PM. Diane Craig and Mary Falzone, who had stayed in Window Rock with Jennie Slick have been working hard and we found them well into the last third of the their weaving. Below, you’ll see Mary’s piece in the late afternoon.
Diane Craig is working on her last half inch of weaving and will probably complete her rug tomorrow, which is a record for our classes. She was inspired by a Nellie Glasses handspun rug and is planning to use the completed project as a pillow cover.
Jennie Slick is also finishing a small weaving on her portable loom and you can see her below with Cheryl Griffin.
You’ll see pictures of the completed weavings tomorrow!