November 19, 2007

Weaving in a bookstore

American Indian Heritage Month honored at NAUDescheny said her presence at the bookstore event is a part of perpetuating the weaving trade.

"I always volunteer to educate people-the younger people and the older people-to let them know what weaving is all about," Descheny said.

She explained that without this educational aspect, the skills and practice of Navajo weaving is in danger of being lost or forgotten.

"Yesterday a group came in and said, 'you know, we expected an old woman to be here weaving, but then we saw you!'" Descheny remembered. "I don't want this to die out in 10-20 years. It's a great way to make a living, last year I made $30,000 just from weaving."

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