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Marissa Curley
Marissa Curley

Yá’át’ééh. I am Marissa Y. Curley. I am a Navajo woman from Chinle, Arizona, where I have lived all my life. I am married with six children and thirteen grandchildren. The first rug I wove was at age 12.

I enjoy weaving every evening. Weaving is a stress reliever, keeps me busy, and is a second income.

I learned how to weave by watching my mother weave daily. She always told us, "Learn how to weave so when you have a family of your own, you can support them by weaving." My mother is uneducated and a single parent of three and she raised us by weaving and selling her rugs.

I made my first rug at 15 years old and my mom sold it for me and gave me some money. With the rest of the money, she bought groceries. That was a motivation for me to keep on weaving so I can help my mother buy food and other household needs.