ACE CAMPS TRAVEL COMPANY

SANTA FE GHOST RANCH / NAVAJO WEAVING 2019

Learn to weave the Navajo way. This hands-on workshop is lead by master weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Read On!

WEAVING THE NAVAJO WAY: A HANDS-ON WORKSHOP BY MASTER WEAVERS, BARBARA TELLER ORNELAS AND LYNDA TELLER PETE | SANTA FE + Ghost Ranch, NEW MEXICO | AUGUST 17-24, 2019

 Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch

About the trip:

This 8 day Ace Camp is a hands-on introduction to traditional Navajo Weaving in the dramatic settings of Santa Fe + Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, taught by Award winning Navajo Weavers, two of the best in the world ~ Lynda Teller Pete and her sister Barbara Teller Ornelas.

We start our trip with a visit to the world famous Santa Fe Indian Market. The Santa Fe Indian Market happens one weekend a year and is the largest and most prestigious juried Native arts show in the world. The Indian Market provides a rare opportunity to meet Native artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures. 

Santa Fe, New Mexico is the oldest capital city in the U.S. It is a beautiful city set in the high desert mountains at 7000 feet. This town is filled with history, culture, world class cuisine, and incredible ancient traditional and contemporary art. 

From Santa Fe, we travel 70 miles north to the tiny community of Abiquiu where we will spend the next 4 days exploring the region and learning to weave with Lynda and Barbara surrounded by the visually stunning landscapes of Ghost Ranch that captivated and influenced the work of Georgia O'Keeffe. 

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WHERE WE'RE STAYING:

Located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, we spend our first night at a hotel that sits close to Santa Fe's main Plaza, where the Indian Market is located. The neighbourhood is filled with restaurants and shops to explore.

We spend our next five nights in the heart of Georgia O'Keeffe country, in the tiny community of Abiquiu in Northern New Mexico. The rooms at our Inn provide broad mountain views and lovely sunsets. Relax by the Kiva fireplace or enjoy the scenery and peacefulness of the Chama Valley on the outdoor porch.

This Ace Camp includes:

  • 7 nights* (1 night in Santa Fe + 6 nights in Abiquiu)

  • 7 breakfasts

  • 4 lunches

  • 5 dinners

  • 3 day Navajo Weaving workshop with Lynda Teller Pete + Barbara Teller Ornelas

  • A visit to the Santa Fe Indian Market

  • Landscape tour of Ghost Ranch

  • Tour of Georgia O'Keeffe's historic home and studio in Abiquiu

  • All transportation during tours and to and from Santa Fe to Abiquiu/Ghost Ranch

  • All admissions to sites during the tours

This Ace Camp is limited to 12 people.

*Rooms are shared with one other guest. 

 


We’re just finishing up all the details for our 2019 trip to New Mexico with Lynda and Barbara, if you would like to be notified when we launch the trip, please enter your email below:


 

According to Navajo oral tradition two holy people, Spider Woman and Spider Man, introduced weaving to the Navajo. Spider Man constructed the first loom, which was composed of sunshine, lightning, and rain; and Spider Woman taught the people how to weave on it. Spider Woman was discovered by the Holy Twins, the culture heroes of the Navajo Creation Story, in a small opening in the earth surrounded by an array of beautiful weavings. Entering her dwelling, the Holy Twins descended a ladder made of yarn, whereupon Spider Woman offered them knowledge of the world of weaving.


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BARBARA TELLER ORNELAS

& LYNDA TELLER PETE

Lynda Teller Pete and her sister Barbara Teller Ornelas are award-winning fifth-generation Navajo weavers. They are Tabaaha (Water Edge Clan) and born for the To’aheedliinii (Two Waters Flow Together Clan) from the Newcomb and Two Grey Hills area on the Navajo Nation. They have been teaching Navajo weaving together for over twenty years. 

 Photos courtesy of BARBARA TELLER ORNELAS AND LYNDA TELLER PETE

Photos courtesy of BARBARA TELLER ORNELAS AND LYNDA TELLER PETE

Weaving is a legacy in the Teller family. For over five generations, 
Grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts, and cousins have produced award-
winning rugs and have been featured in numerous publications.

Lynda and Barbara's mother, Ruth Teller's rug's were so prized that collectors often purchased them right off the loom. Needless to say, as  children, Lynda & Barbara learned through observation. Their maternal Grandmother, Susie Tom and their paternal grandmother, Nellie Peshlakai Teller made sure their daughters and granddaughters learned the art of weaving. They emphasized many practices, such as respecting the loom, preparing one’s own wool via shearing, carding and spinning, the production and proper care of weaving tools, and paying attention to design elements, always emphasizing the importance of intricate patterns and colour combinations. 

From a very young age, it was instilled in them the belief that beauty and harmony should be woven into every rug. Lynda and Barbara are known for weaving rugs in the traditional Two Grey Hills pattern. Identified primarily by a double-diamond layout, intricate geometric design using natural coloured, hand-carded and hand-spun wool. These finely woven rugs are known for their high weft counts.

During the workshop~

This Navajo weaving class incorporates five generations of Navajo weaving traditions from one Navajo weaving family. It is a living art, it is challenging skill set, and you are immersed in their family stories as you explore this art form. Many students find creative links to their own families as they listen to stories of the “Navajo Way”. Each of their tapestries tell a story. They are imbued with their hopes, their dreams, their tears, and their laughter.


GHOST RANCH

"Dinosaurs once walked the soggy wetlands that became the arid high desert of Ghost Ranch. Millions of years later Navajos and various other tribes roamed the valley. The Spaniards settled here and then came the cattle rustlers, the wranglers and the dudes. Arthur Pack, one of the country's first environmentalists, bought the Ranch and sold a little piece of it to Georgia O'Keeffe. Scientists took respite time here from the stresses of building the nuclear bomb at Los Alamos. Famous guests have included Charles Lindbergh, Ansel Adams and John Wayne. 

Ghost Ranch gave O'Keeffe the freedom to paint what she saw and felt. Knowledgeable visitors can look around and identify many of the scenes she painted. Red and gray hills like those across from the roadside park south of the Ranch headquarters were frequent subjects. Kitchen Mesa at the upper end of the valley is an example of the red and yellow cliffs she painted many times. Pedernal, the flat-topped mountain to the south, was probably her favorite subject. “It’s my private mountain,” she said. 'God told me if I painted it often enough I could have it.' ” - On behalf of Ghost Ranch

We will spend three days here at Ghost Ranch weaving amongst the red rocks and white cliffs, gathering inspiration from the landscape around us. 

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

ACE CAMPS  will email you when it is time to make your travel arrangements. This email will always be sent 60 days or more before your trip departs unless you book within 60 prior to the camp. If this Ace Camp fills prior to 60 days we will let you know right away so you can plan. 

You may choose to arrive at either Santa Fe Regional airport or fly into Albuquerque International airport and take the Sandia Shuttle direct to Santa Fe in about an hour. 

There will be no refunds for this Ace Camp due to the planning and logistics involved. 

WEATHER

Santa Fe has a very dry, high desert climate with intense sunlight. August sees average high temperatures hover in the mid-80s, with infrequent afternoon showers and comfortably cooler nights.

Santa Fe's high altitude (7,000 feet above sea level) means air is rarefied, thinner. It usually takes about 48 hours to adjust and staying hydrated helps.
 

 

ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER

The ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER is a part of your group and are there to look out for your safety, to help resolve issues, and to make sure you get what you want from your vacation. The Tour Leader will make sure that everyone who wants company has it, including dinners when no group meal is scheduled.

They also work with the local guides to insure the right combination of pace, information, and duration - and, well...keep the ball rolling.


ITINERARY

We’re just finishing up all the details for our 2019 trip to New Mexico with Lynda and Barbara, if you would like to be notified when we launch the trip, please enter your email below:

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Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.