Songs from the Loom: A Navajo Girl Learns to Weave

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An account of the author’s daughter, Jaclyn, as she learns to weave from her grandma, who teaches Jaclyn songs, stories, and prayers.

Songs from the Loom is an account of the author’s daughter, Jaclyn, as she learns to weave from her grandma, Roessel’s mother. This is when Grandma teaches Jaclyn the songs, the stories, the prayers. It’s also time to teach her to shear the family sheep, to spin wool into yarn, to make natural dyes, to weave, and perhaps most importantly, to take care of her weaving tools. Roessel’s loving photos show, not only what Jaclyn is learning, but her progression, over the course of two years, from little girl to young woman.

Author: Monty Roessel (Diné)
Illustrations: Color photos by Monty Roessel (Diné)
Binding Availability: Paperback only
Published: 1995
Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Diné (Navajo)