Songs from the Loom: A Navajo Girl Learns to Weave

by Monty Roessel

Jaclyn Roessel's is learning how to weave in the traditional Navajo way. Her grandmother,... read more

Jaclyn Roessel's is learning how to weave in the traditional Navajo way. Her grandmother, Ruth, is teaching her how to shear the sheep, dye the wool and work the loom. At the same time, she is teaching her the stories and songs of weaving that are part of her Navajo culture. Without them, her grandmother makes clear, Jaclyn's education as a Navajo weaver will be incomplete. Monty Roessel, Jaclyn's father, documents Jaclyn's education in photographs taken when she was between the ages of ten and twelve. In accompanying text, he shares Jaclyn's experience, as well as the stories and songs that she learns. (Ages 7-11)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1995

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