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Elvira Horseherder
Elvira Horseherder

Yá’át’ééh! I am Elvira Horseherder. My mother is Ruth Benally. She taught me how to weave. I started weaving at the age of seven. My late grandmother, Sadie Robinson, taught me how to card and spin wool and how to color the wool with plants and trees. When she got old, she told me to go do it on my own. So, today, I always weave.

I have been selling my rugs at the Adopt-A-Native-Elder rug show for over 30 years and it is the only place I sell my rugs. Rug sales really help me to buy what I need for winter. It helps with everything—to buy water, to buy hay to save my sheep and give me wool for weaving.

We are so thankful and happy for the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program. I have cried and prayed because I feel I cannot give anything back. It is a blessing. So I just pray for your Rug Show, that it keeps going today, tomorrow, and always. Thank you very, very much, you feed us with all that.

Your grandmother,