Through personal relationships, respecting their traditions, we help Navajo Elders and weavers live with basic safety, comfort and dignity.
For 26 years, the ANE Program has supported traditional Navajo Elders living in remote areas of reservation. Currently we assist 80 weavers so they can sell their rugs in urban markets at full value at no charge, and 500 Elders are enrolled to receive Food Run supplies every spring and fall and firewood and other support throughout the year.
Our 24rd Annual Rug Show will be held in Snow Park Lodge at Dear Valley November 8-10. With the help of a generous community we support the costs of bringing thirty weavers and their families to attend this show. Other weavers consign their rugs to be sold at the show and online. Two days prior to the show Weavers conduct hands-on demonstrations for 500 local school children. During the show they conduct weaving demonstrations.
At last year's show a weaver said, "I don't think people realize how much this show mean to us weavers. We can weave a rug and we know the rug sells for a good price. We will have hay for our animal in winter and we will have food for the winter when the roads get muddy and snow. We will have woods for the winter. It mean a whole lot to us weavers that you do this show, that all the people come and help us."
Another weaver said, "I sold three rugs last night. I cried. I used to go miles and miles to try to sell a rug and sometimes they didn't buy any."
We also help over 500 Elders have enough food and supplies to live at home with basic comfort, safety and security. Food Runs, highly anticipated social gatherings, deliver supplies to individuals enrolled in the program. Through the "adoption" process people across the country, and around the world support the cost of individual Elders' food and supplies that our volunteers shop for, pack, label and transport. Volunteers use their own vehicles and bear the costs of gas, lodging and food to keep costs low. Many adopters and Elders meet at food runs and have become so close they consider each other as family. We are always looking for volunteers to share in this unique Food Run experience. Go to our website to see great pictures and read the blogs: www.anelder.org.