ACE CAMPS TRAVEL COMPANY

NAVAJO WEAVING WITH LYNDA TELLER PETE & BARBARA TELLER ORNELAS

Navajo Weaving with Lynda Teller Pete & Barbara Teller Ornelas | SANTA FE + TAOS + GHOST RANCH, NEW MEXICO | AUGUST 19 - 25, 2019

WEAVING THE NAVAJO WAY: A HANDS-ON WORKSHOP BY MASTER WEAVERS, BARBARA TELLER ORNELAS AND LYNDA TELLER PETE | SANTA FE, TAOS, CHIMAYO + Ghost Ranch, NEW MEXICO | AUGUST 19 - 25, 2019

About the trip:

This 7 day Ace Camp is a hands-on introduction to traditional Navajo Weaving in the dramatic settings of Santa Fe + Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Weavers and non-weavers alike are expressing intense interest in learning more about the beautiful textiles made by Navajo artists and this is your opportunity to learn from two of the best Navajo weavers in the world ~ Lynda Teller Pete and her sister Barbara Teller Ornelas.

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. 

NEW FOR 2019: A visit to the historically rich towns of Chimayó + Taos! For many, Chimayó is the starting point and most important stop on the High Road to Taos, the breathtaking trip that begins at the Rio Grande river and winds through high alpine forests of dark ponderosa pine and golden aspen and tiny, ancient adobe communities nestled in the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

This workshop is open to all skill levels.

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*Something to consider as an ADD-ON: The fascinating Santa Fe Indian Market occurs the two days before this Ace Camp begins (in Santa Fe August 17 + 18) and we highly recommend taking a day to wander around the market if you have time.


This Ace Camp includes:

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

  • 6 nights (1 night in Santa Fe + 5 nights in Abiquiu)

  • 6 breakfasts

  • 5 lunches

  • 4 dinners

  • A visit to the Taos Pueblo + Chimayo

  • Landscape tour of Ghost Ranch

  • Tour of Georgia O'Keeffe's 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

  • An Ace Camps tote bag


TRIP DETAILS + PRICE

*Rooms are shared with one other guest.

Group Size: Minimum 8 guests and maximum 11 guests.

Airfare to Santa Fe, NM is not included.

PRICE:  $2789 USD *

*Early sign-up pricing ends April 1, 2019. After April 1, the trip fee will be $2959

Deposit:  $1559 - due when place in workshop is confirmed 

Final Payment of $1230 due May 01, 2019


WHERE WE'RE STAYING:

Located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, we spend our first night at a hotel that sits adjacent to St. Francis Cathedral & 2 blocks from 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 small Inn provide broad sweeping mountain views and lovely sunsets. Relax by the Kiva fireplace or enjoy the scenery and peacefulness of the Chama Valley on the outdoor patio.


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BARBARA TELLER ORNELAS

& LYNDA TELLER PETE

Photos courtesy of BARBARA TELLER ORNELAS AND LYNDA TELLER PETE

Photos courtesy of BARBARA TELLER ORNELAS AND 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. 

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

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Taos + CHIMAYO

New for 2019, we take a day to explore the historically rich towns of Chimayo and Taos.

Chimayó is a small town in North Central New Mexico. At the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Chimayó is most well-known for its famed church that has a reputation for delivering miracles.

Chimayó was founded near the end of the 17th century by Spanish settlers in a fertile valley nourished by the Santa Cruz River and protected by the surrounding foothills. The settlers became experts in farming, stock raising and wool weaving. To protect themselves from the threats inherent in a frontier life they created the fortified plaza of San Buenaventura (now the Plaza del Cerro). It is the last surviving fortified plaza in the United States.

Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark.

It's not clear exactly when the first humans arrived in the Taos area, but samples taken from the main structure of Taos Pueblo found it to likely have been built somewhere between 1000 and 1450 AD, which would make it one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the Americas. Situated in a tributary valley of the Rio Grande, Taos marked the northernmost extent of the Pueblo Indians. It would also mark the northernmost extent of Spanish settlement in the Southwest following the arrival of Spanish conquistadors and missionaries in the 17th century.

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

DAY ONE - SANTA FE

Travel Day 

Make your way to our hotel in central Santa Fe.  We can provide suggestions for transportation to the hotel after your travel plans have been sent to us.

This evening we have a meet + greet welcome dinner.

DAY TWO - EXPLORE ABIQUIU

Breakfast at the hotel

This morning we wake up early and travel to Abiquiu (1.5 hour drive). Once in Abiquiu, we head a few minutes down the road to the historic adobe home and studio of Georgia O'Keeffe. This tour offers an experience of the environment in which she lived and worked. The house inspired more than two dozen paintings: a door through the patio wall attracted her attention on a daily bases and she painted it more than twenty times. Similarly, the cottonwood trees, growing in the Chama River Valley below her studio, were the subject of several paintings.

Lunch - on your own 

This afternoon we continue exploring the area and the life of Georgia O'Keeffe as well as the history of Ghost Ranch.  We visit the ranch to see through your own eyes the scenes and actual locations of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings interwoven with stories of her fifty years spent living here, and learn about the history of the area, geology, flora and fauna.

Mid-to-late afternoon we return to our Inn and the rest of the day is free time. Perhaps you might like to relax with a book in the garden, or a glass of wine and watch the sunset from your patio.

Dinner - on your own + at your leisure (our location is somewhat remote, however there is a restaurant at our Inn, or you may prefer to pick up some food items during our market stop).

DAY THREE - GHOST RANCH

Breakfast at hotel      

Today we began the first day of our Navajo weaving workshop with Barbara and Lynda at Ghost Ranch. Our workshop will be outside, under shade tents unless the summer rains come, when we will move inside. 

You will learn the traditional method of Navajo weaving. The majority of the class will be spent designing and learning how to weave a 6.5” high X 8.5” wide rug on an upright Navajo Loom. Lynda's husband Belvin spends hours hand crafting each loom we will work on. 

Lunch - Ghost Ranch

Afternoon, continue with our weaving workshop.

Dinner - Abiquiu

DAY FOUR - GHOST RANCH

Breakfast at hotel    

Today we continue with our Navajo Weaving Workshop, we will immerse ourselves in our work, inspired by our surroundings.

Lunch - Ghost Ranch

Afternoon, continue with our weaving workshop.

Dinner - Abiquiu

DAY FIVE - GHOST RANCH

Breakfast at hotel    

Today is the final day of our hands-on Navajo weaving workshop at Ghost Ranch. 

Lunch - Ghost Ranch

Afternoon, continue with our weavings. At the end of the day we will pull our creations off the looms and admire and appreciate everyone's journey through the workshop.

Dinner - Abiquiu

DAY SIX - DAY TRIP TO CHIMAYO AND TAOS

Breakfast at hotel    

We start our day with a drive to the charming town of Chimayó, where we will wander the small village, visit some local weaving shops which offer 7th and 8th generation traditional Chimayó weavings as well as a selection of Native American jewelry and Santa Clara Pueblo pottery.

If time and interest permits, we will visit el Santuario de Chimayó, believed by many to be the site of a miracle which occurred about 200 year ago. Miraculous healings are believed to have occurred at the site where a wooden crucifix was unearthed

Lunch TBD

After Lunch we make our way along the High Road towards the Taos Pueblo - the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. We will have some time to walk around the Pueblo.

If time permits we will travel down along the Rio Grande and into the Gorge. We will stop along the way at the Millicent Rodgers Museum, which houses a fantastic collection of Navajo Weavings and rugs.

Return to Abiquiu and dinner on your own and at your leisure

DAY SEVEN - DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel      

Departure day: After breakfast, we drive back to Santa Fe. 


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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.