Songs from the Loom - A Navajo Girl Learns to Weave is a sensitive and detailed account of a ten-year old Navajo girl's instruction in this traditional artform. The author and photographer, Monty Roessel, is Navajo and he shares his understanding and talent through the text and colour images of his daughter and mother. The story begins with the shearing of the family's sheep and preparation of the wool. Throughout the process, the grandmother explains the stories of how Spider Woman taught Changing Woman how to weave.
Kinaalda - A Navajo Girl Grows Up is the story of a thirteen-year-old Navajo girl as she prepares and participates in her coming-of-age ceremony. This traditional ceremony is still held by modern-day Navajo and the book shows one family's role in their daughter's Kinaalda. The text explains the origin of the ceremony and how an urban family observes it on the Navajo Reservation. Writer and photographer Monty Roessel is a Navajo freelance photographer. His sensitive text and colour images convey the importance of Elders in passing on traditional knowledge to the younger generation.