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The Horse Song Tapestry: aa-kady

I was inspired to weave this tapestry piece after hearing the stories and songs
of the scared Horse of my people. The inspiration came to me while
herding my sheep in the Carrizo Mtn, this past summer. A lot of wild
horses roam in the area and the songs and stories of the horse came
back to me. The Horse Song was taught to me by my grand father Kady
Gonna Begay. My mother still tells me stories of our horses of about a
100, and how she’d help her father tame them. My older sisters would go
out every morning to give offerings to the horses so they too can walk
in beauty.

Roy Kady Navajo rug

FROM THE NAVAJO WAR GOD’S HORSE SONG I am the Turqoise Woman’s son.

On top of Belted Mountain,

Beautiful horse–slim like a weasel.

My horse has a hoof like striped agate;

His fetlock is like a fine eagle plume;

His legs are like quick lightning.

My horse’s body is like an eagle-plumed arrow;

My horse has a tail like a trailing black cloud.

I put flexible goods on my horse’s back;

The Little Holy Wind blows through his hair.

His mane is made of short rainbows.

My horse’s ears are made of round corn.

My horse’s eyes are made of big stars.

My horse’s head is made of mixed waters–

From the holy waters–he never knows thirst.

My horse’s teeth are made of white shell.

The long rainbow is in his mouth for a bridle,

and with it I guide him.

When my horse neighs, different-colored horses follow.

When my horse neighs, different-colored sheep follow.

I am wealthy, because of him.

Before me peaceful,

Behind me peaceful,

Under me peaceful,

Over me peaceful,

All around me peaceful–

Peaceful voice when he neighs.

I am Everlasting and Peaceful.

I stand for my horse.

How joyous his neigh!

Lo, the Turquoise Horse of Johano-ai,

How joyous his neigh,

There on precious hides outspread, standeth he;

How joyous his neigh,

There of mingled waters holy, drinketh he;

How joyous his neigh,

There in mist of sacred pollen hidden, all hidden he;

How joyous his neigh,

These his offspring may grow and thrive forevermore;

How joyous his neigh!

Horse song tapestry

Horse song Navajo rug
This beautiful textile is for sale, and if you are interested in
purchasing it, the textile measures 25 1/2″ (W) X 35 1/1″ (L), the wool are all natural colors, hand-spun by my grand mother Elizabeth Kady
Begay and Shima.

Please call me or email me back, may you all walk in beauty.

Roy Kady

P.O. Box 209

Teec Nos Pos, AZ., 86514


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vintage 1969 Treadle Spinning Wheel Excellent Condition

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Navajo Weaving – Roy Kady: blroykady

Roy Kady – Textile Art Classes

Name Roy Kady
Business Name Dine Woven
Address P.O. Box 209

Teec Nos Pos, AZ

Country US

Navajo Nation

Telephone 520-656-3498
Website Dine Woven


I’ve been weaving/teaching Navajo Textiles for 16 years or more.I learned the art of weaving, spinning,preparing wool and weaving all regional styles of Navajo Textiles at the age of nine years old.I’m considered a MASTER WEAVER in the Navajo society. I’ve studied the art form my grand mother and mother and some local MASTER WEAVERS. I also teach at San Jaun College, in Farmington N.M. and Colorado University, Art Center, in Cortez, CO

Navajo Weaving

Navajo Up-right weaving, all regional styles, there are about 16 or 18 regionals styles of Navajo Weaving. I also teach hand processing wool for spinning and weaving. I also teach the art of Shash Belt weaving.

Hand Spinning

Navajo lap spinning techniques.


Local Vegetal dyeing techiques

Other Fiber arts

Sumac fiber coiling technique basket weaving and wool feltmaking.


I teach from my studio and when available, I do travel. I also give lectures on the “Fine Art of Dine'(Navajo) Textile Weaving”, and in the winter months I tell myth stories about weaving.

My work is mostly sold on consignment(s) I do some Indian Market Shows in the west.

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Fleecing Navajo Weavers
The popularity of Navajo rug designs has allowed some fair trade businesses to thrive while Navajo weavers suffer. Thousands of Diné (Navajo) weavers face formidable competition as their historic patterns, increasingly reproduced abroad, are imported and sold via sophisticated marketing schemes, including hundreds of websites on the internet.

Electric bobbin winder, weaving loom

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