The Gift of Spider Woman


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The Gift of Spider Woman   2+

In Navajo mythology, Spider Woman is the helper and constant protector of humans, the wisdom keeper; she has taught her people the art of weaving.  In the first session , Jerry Freund will explain her influence on early Navajo weavers, how early blankets were worn showing several examples that date back to the 1870s.  The evolution of Navajo rugs for commercial sale began in the early 1900s through regional trading posts in northern Arizona and New Mexico.   Traders at local posts fostered particular designs and provided dyes and yarns to create distinctive and recognizable styles.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own weaving collections to the second session when Jerry will provide more information about your rugs/hangings.  There is  an optional third session at the Medicine Man Gallery where Navajo weavings are on display and for sale.

Instructor: Jerry Freund grew up in Dodge City Kansas and as a boy enjoyed hunting for Plains Indian artifacts.  Over a lifetime he has studied Navajo and Plains Indian cultures and has become a well- known expert on Navajo weavings.  For the last twenty years he has been employed at the Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm and appreciation for the skillful artistry of Navajo weavers.

2 Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. in March on the 21st and 28th in the Activity Center’s Hopi Room.   Class size limit: 35