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Nellie Bitsui


Navajo weaver Nellie Bitsui, is from Tachii’nii Clan on her mother’s side, and Todacheenie on her paternal side. Originally from New Mexico, Nellie now lives with her extended family in the Blue Gap area of the Navajo Nation. She learned to weave in the early 70’s from her sister-in-law Lillie. Nellie’s husband built her original loom which she proudly uses to this day.


This spunky and strong lady has created many beautiful rugs, providing a much a much needed income for her family. She has taught several family members to weave, and has hopes that each generation will keep the family tradition alive. She can weave in a variety of styles, but gravitates to the Teec-Nos-Pos style – bold, exciting and elaborate patterns that may reflect Nellie’s adventurous spirit.

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