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NAVAJO WEAVING & CULTURE
Pearl Sunrise

Beginning/Intermediate:
Check our Schedule for dates
(Feel free to call for details)

Limited to 12 Participants
Tuition: $575, Materials Extra
Optional Traditional Feast $30
Special Features

Housing: The KACHINA LODGE in Taos.
Call for special group rates: Prices starting at $79/night

"We learned not only
Navajo Weaving Techniques
but also experienced some
of the vibrant Navajo Culture
through ceremonies & stories.
Pearl is an engaging storyteller,
and shares personal accounts
of her life as well as
traditional tales about Spider Woman"

 


Pearl Sunrise assisting a student in a 1997 workshop
Photo by John H. Beck

Image: Pearl Sunrise
YOUR CLASS EXPERIENCE

This class is as much about Culture
as it is about Weaving. Pearl Sunrise is a luminous person whose gentle presence will encourage you while her extensive knowledge of these techniques helps your hands to know what to do.

Each morning starts with a Drumming ceremony & Stories. In this way we become centered and ready to weave. Pearl is a great Storyteller ! and we will hear about Spider Woman and her gift to the Dine People

Class starts on a Sunday so we have a full day to focus on the all important warping. Monday morning we start weaving. Pearl demonstrates a technique which the students then try on their own under her encouraging supervision. All levels are welcome, as each participant works at their own pace.

Come join us! 

Image: Black and white picture of hands weaving


Image: Sheep

Extra Cultural Events

1) We will visit a local Sheep Ranch,
Rancho la Fina, specializing in breeding the Pure Churo
Breed highly prized
by the Navajo for the
fine wool, 4-horns
& their hardiness in
rough country.

Image: Sample of Navajo Weaving
2) Visit to a private
collection of historic Navajo weavings
3) Dinner party with
Traditional food at a
Private home.
4) Taos Pueblo
Pow-Wow starts
Friday evening and
goes all weekend.


Image: People sitting around a table

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Class Schedule
Sat
Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
Breakfast included
8 AM
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
9AM
Morning
Ceremony
Morning
Ceremony
Morning
Ceremony
Morning
Ceremony
Morning
Ceremony
Morning
Ceremony
Morning
Ceremony
AM
Class
Starts
Start
Design/
Weave
Weave
Weave
Weave

Finish
Weave

Depart
PM
3 PM
Check in
Hotel
All day
warping
Weave
Weave
Weave
Weave

Remove
weaving
from loom

Evening
6 PM
Reception
Movie
Night

5:30 PM
Visit private collection of prehistoric
Navajo rugs

6 PM
Dinner party with Traditional food at a
Private home
5 PM
Ice Cream in Arroyo Seco with contemp. weaving tour WEAVING SOUTHWEST

 

DAILY SCHEDULE
Class starts Sunday morning, and ends mid afternoon on Friday. Daily hours will be from 9 AM to 4 PM, with an hour off for lunch. Sunday is spent on the all-important warping, for which Pearl supplies her own yard to ensure the proper tension.  Students are divided up into pairs, together warping one loom in the morning and a second in the afternoon. This not only means each student has a properly warped loom to start work on Monday morning, but also means that the students' "hands" will retain the knowledge of how to do this important task. Then the students are guided through the design stage. For beginning students this will be a block design, while advanced students will work with diagonals, or even a twill. The Navajo way is not to use a cartoon but rather to design right on the loom. Monday through Thursday we weave. All techniques will be demonstrated first by Pearl, then done by each student under her encouraging supervision. All levels are welcome as each student is encouraged to work at his or her individual pace.

Info on the Pow Wow follows

The Taos Pueblo Pow Wow is Scheduled to take place the weekend after this workshop. We suggest that you stay the extra night to partake of this unique event.  Please contact the Kachina Lodge directly to make arrangements for this.

Click see more about the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow.

Image: Taos Pueblo Powwow

Image: Navajo Rug


About Our Instructor

Pearl Sunrise is a gentle and knowledgeable teacher whose luminous spirit inspires all who meet her. As a 3rd generation Navajo weaver, she learned her craft from her mother and grandmother. She has been the unofficial Navajo ambassador to the world for years, receiving a Fulbright to teach in New Zealand, and a commission by the U.S. State department to visit Lesotho, South Africa, and Toronto, Canada as a Cultural Specialist. She’s on the advisory board of the New Indian Museum, in Wash, D.C., and is currently a professor at the School of American Indian Arts, in Santa Fe. Her work is collected worldwide.

 

Feel free to Call us for more Information about this workshop.
We love to chat about our classes.  575-758-0350

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Image: Woman putting bread in horno native american Image: Beaituful Native American girl dancing
SPECIAL FEATURES!
Because this is an experience as much about Culture as it is about Art-making, we have arranged three additional events offering immersion for you.
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Tuesday: Visit private collection of prehistoric Navajo rugs

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Wednesday: Dinner party with Traditional food at a Private home.
(also see below)

Image Friday-Saturday: Taos
Pueblo PowWow.
Wednesday: Dinner party with Traditional food at the Private home of Rancho La Fina Sheep ranch.
Hostess will give a history of the food of Northern New Mexico. We will have a display of Navajo,
Saltillo, Rio Grande weavings and an overview of the History of the Churro Sheep and how the
Navajo-Churro Sheep Association came to be. More specifically the cultural and heritage importance
to the Hispano and Navajo. There may be some fleces and yarn for sale.
Note: Friends and family members of class participants, who are not attending the workshop,
are welcome to join us for these events for a small additional fee.
Advanced registrations is essential. Please call the office to arrange.

 

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Lodging:
Kachina Lodge in Taos.
(575) 758-2275 - http://kachinalodge.com/
http://www.hotel-rates.com/us/new-mexico/taos/best-western-kachina-lodge.html
Class Location:
This class will be held at the Kachina Lodge in Taos. Students are invited to also arrange lodging here and stay with your teacher and fellow classmates.

 

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SUPPLIES 

All materials may be purchased directly from Pearl during class.  Following is the list of materials needed.  Please bring a firm pillow for sitting.  This for your chair, we are not on the ground.

1) NAVAJO LOOM SMALL - 1 week rental of simple loom, without tools:  $35.00.  1 week rental of simple loom, with tools (batten and comb):  $45.00.  1 week rental of warp set-up, shed stick and heddles: $55.00 (includes:  warp, edging cords (top & bottom), 2-willow heddle sticks, top and bottom beams to attach warps, & many yards of twine for binding.  

2) YARN - 4 skeins of Navajo Handspun (each $7 = $28.00).  A variety of colors will be set out on a table for students to use as needed.  At the end of the week, you will be charged for only what you have used.  You may also purchase extra yarn to take home.

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TAOS ART SCHOOL
P.O. BOX 2588, TAOS, NEW MEXICO, 87571
(575) 758-0350
http://taosartschool.org

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