As the youngest child in a family of weavers, Lynda Teller Pete was raised in an atmosphere that encouraged creativity. Weaving was viewed as a way of life, and weaving lessons were mandatory. Lynda won her first weaving award at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremony at age twelve…Lynda set aside other forms of artwork while she attended Arizona State University and relied on weaving to pay for tuition and books…After college, and a twenty year weaving hiatus, Lynda re-focused on weaving as a priority.
Lynda’s maternal Grandmother, Susie Tom, and her paternal grandmother, Nellie Peshlakai Teller, made sure their daughters and granddaughters learned the art of weaving. They emphasized many practices, such as respecting the loom, preparing one’s own wool via shearing, carding and spinning, the production and proper care of weaving tools, and paying attention to design elements, always emphasizing the importance of intricate patterns and color combinations.
Lynda’s mother, Ruth Teller, her maternal aunt, Margaret Yazzie, and her older sisters, Barbara and Rosann, instilled the belief that beauty and harmony should be woven into every rug. Today, Lynda Teller Pete continues to carry on these traditions.