by John Aldrich
The rug show is a feast for the eyes. The displays of rugs, jewelry, baskets, and crafts certainly create an extravagant visual treat. But add to that the traditional dress of the Elders and their families and you have something extraordinary.
Although I'm only guessing, I doubt that Navajos living their daily lives on the reservation have too many occasions to bring out their finery. But the rug show is one event where they show their best.
This photo of the Blackhorse-Benale family of Forest Lake shows multiple generations all dressed in the traditional manner:
Here are Frances Bahe and her daughter Marie wearing their beautiful jewelry:
Most traditional Navajos do not cut their hair, but wear it done up tightly and tied with yarn in a hair bun. This style is not limited to the women as Julius Chavez demonstrates: