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Weaving Demonstrations by the Spider Rock Girls

Join us on Saturday, October 25 as the Branigan Cultural Center welcomes the Spider Rock Girls, Navajo weavers from Arizona. The Spider Rock Girls are three generations of weavers from the Chinle area on the Navajo Nation. As the family notes:

“Our family has been weaving rugs for generations. Although our home on the Navajo Nation is one of the most beautiful places in the world, it isn’t an easy place to live. Weaving has meant a lot to our family and has helped us pay for food, clothing and education.”

The family has weaver as young as 8 years old and college students paying their way through school by weaving. Come meet this extraordinary family and learn about their approach to both traditional and innovation weaving techniques and patterns. Members of the family will demonstrate traditional Navajo weaving techniques and tools and will answer questions about their weaving and other arts. They will give a special presentation for children at 11:30, in conjunction with the Museum of Art’s weekly story time. The program is free and open to the public.

Pieces woven by some of the Spider Rock Girls will be available for sale at the accompanying auction by RB Burnham Traders, sponsored by the Foundation for the Las Cruces Museums at the Branigan Cultural Center. Preview for the auction will take place 9 am – noon, during which time the Spider Rock Girls will be around. The auction commences at 1 m. A Renaissance of Fiber by the Mesilla Valley Weavers will be on exhibit in October and features a diversity of fiber items created by members of this local weaving group. The exhibit demonstrates how weaving has changed over the last 400 years. This craft has gone from an everyday necessity to an art form, while still maintaining its place in our daily lives. Attendees will observe how the Mesilla Valley Weavers are keeping the weaving traditions of the past alive, yet creating innovative art. The exhibit will showcase contemporary weaving and will demonstrate how it harkens back to traditional weaving. There will be examples of items woven from reeds and textiles both woven and knitted. Baskets in traditional and non-traditional forms, ranging from functional to home décor items of all shapes and sizes, will also be on display. The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm and admission is free. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s Facebook page or website at

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