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Mary J. Johnson - Basketweaver: Born beneath the shadows of the great rock monoliths of Monument Valley, and into a family of basket weavers, it was expected that Mary Jean Johnson would learn to weave Navajo baskets like her mother and other female relatives. When she was small she watched as her mother, Betty Rock Johnson, gathered the sumac reeds and prepared them for weaving. When she was nine years old her mother showed her how to start a basket, and then sat beside her while she wove. Mary's aunt, Evelyn Rock, another well known basket weaver, also helped her. But unlike her relatives, Mary weaves more as a hobby, not for income. Neither does she enter her baskets in competitions. "I'm a private person weaving baskets," she describes herself simply.

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