by John Aldrich
On Thursday and Friday, prior to the rug show opening to the public, we have a series of programs for school children. Over 600 students from a variety of schools attended these sessions this year. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for young people to become acquainted with Navajo culture and people.
The ages of the students range from pre-school to high school with most being in the earlier grades.
That question was answered in a clear way when I met Isabella Canada at this year's show.
When she was in third grade she received the gift of a necklace from Ruth Benally. She wore this necklace this year and was happy to have a chance to get reacquainted with Ruth.
In a subsequent email exchange with Isabella, I learned that she was attending the Colby School in 2008 when she gave Ruth a rug she had made which resulted in Ruth giving Isabella the necklace she was wearing in the photo above.
Looking back at photos from the 2008 rug show I identified her in the following picture:
What an unexpected continuum this photograph has added to the story.