Jeanne Salt is the daughter of the Navajo guide and translator for RBMVExpedition, Max Littlesalt, and is aunt to Lithuania Denetso. She has been a long-time collaborator with The ONWARD Project, hosting us and sharing her art and stories. Growing up Jeanne lived in the canyon lands of the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona in the mid 1900’s and she remained in the area as an adult.
She has shared with us memories about her life growing up in the canyons, helping to raise the family sheep and taking care of crops while moving within the area seasonally. Her mother, Gertie Austin, like other Navajo women, lived in close proximity to the Expedition camps and helped raise the meat and goods that were part of economic transactions through her husband, Max, to supply critical support for the survival of the ongoing six seasons of the RBMVExpedition.
In a recent interview Lithuania conducted with Jeanne, she gave details about her daily routine as a girl with her many chores which included helping to take care of the family sheep. Jeanne attended several Arizona and New Mexico Boarding Schools and she was part of the first graduating class of Kayenta High School, now known as Monument Valley High School. To further her education she pursued studies at a women’s college in Texas, earning degrees in Accounting and Theology, after which she earned a teaching degree and a Masters Degree at Northern Arizona University with continuing education certificates from Grand Canyon University. Jeanne taught preschool and kindergarten but her favorite was fifth grade. She later became a teaching instructor and school principal and for the last twenty years she served her community as a pastor.
Jeanne is an accomplished textile artist whose weaving and felt work hold beautiful details and are very special one-of-a-kind pieces. In her work with other weavers Jeanne was dedicated to reviving Navajo wool working; she explains that it was an integral part of family economy during her growing up. We are excited to share with you a sampling of her work interspersed with excerpts from her interview with Lithuania.
Jeanne Salt is the daughter of the Navajo guide and translator for RBMVExpedition, Max Littlesalt, and is aunt to Lithuania Denetso. She has been a long-time collaborator with The ONWARD Project, hosting us and sharing her art and stories. Growing up Jeanne lived in the canyon lands of the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona in […]
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