The Pollen Trail Dancers from the Navajo Reservation north of Joseph City, Arizona, perform a dance in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. The dance is based on the story of Spider Woman’s teaching of weaving to the Navajo people.
The Navajo Sash Dance is also known as the Weaving Dance. It stems from the story of Spider Woman’s teaching of weaving to the Navajo people. The designs or formations of the dance depict the movement and activities that may go on as one prepares to weave and weaves. The rugs shown at the end of the dance show different styles created by the hard-working weavers.
This dance honors Mw Billie Chase and Helen Billie Morris, grandmothers of the dancers and elders who continue the art of weaving. The Navajo name for this dance is Aglo’bee asheesh.