Spider Woman’s Children, available September 2018, is the newest book in the award-winning series from Thrums Books celebrating stories of indigenous artisans.
In Spider Woman’s Children: Navajo Weavers Today authors Lynda Teller Pete and Barbara Teller Ornelas offer an intimate view into the life of today’s Navajo weavers that will inspire and surprise. Twenty profiles representing weavers from ages sixteen to eighty-eight illustrate the beautiful and complex world of contemporary Navajo life, art, and family. The authors are fifth-generation Navajo weavers who tell each weaver’s story with an authentic voice, in-depth perspective, and a treasured kinship. They deftly explore a world shaped by history and rich cultural traditions.
Additional sections provide historical context as they relate to the weavers’ lives, such as the Long Walk, forced attendance at boarding schools, loss of language, and the Livestock Reduction program. Also highlighted is the influence of trading posts on design evolution and collection trends.
Spider Woman’s Children is a must-read for Navajo rug collectors, textile enthusiasts, weavers, and those with an interest in Navajo or Native American culture, history, and traditions.
Lynda Teller Pete and Barbara Teller Ornelas are fifth-generation Navajo weavers who have been weaving since they were young girls. Their father, Sam Teller, worked at the famed Two Grey Hills Trading Post in New Mexico, where they were raised with their sister and two brothers. Internationally acclaimed for their fine tapestry weaving, their lives and their work have been featured in many publications and have been the subject of the Craft in America television program.
Their weaving has been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the world. Together, they teach Navajo weaving workshops at museums, galleries, and guilds, valuing the opportunity to serve as ambassadors for their Navajo culture and traditions.
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