Navajo Corn Maiden Handmade Carving - Dennis Ross (#72)
Navajo Folk Art
Base: 3 1/2" x 3 1/4"
Slender elegance, that is what Navajo-Hopi carver Dennis Ross has captured in this cottonwood rood carving. The elbows and bends on the San Juan River here in Bluff are where he gets his specimens. Than with his burly hands, delicately carves and paints his way around them to bring them to life. Using yellow corn, which also represents west, indicates abundance and productivity. He has once again captured the essence of this meaningful symbol.
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About the artist:
Asked how he first started carving, Dennis Ross answers with a laugh, "My brother - he gave me a knife, and a stone, and a piece of carving wood, and said, 'Here you go'." Dennis was twenty-six years old. His brother, Harry Bert, also gave him a little constructive criticism on that first experiment into the creative world of carving, but Dennis took it from there.See full biography | See all items by Dennis Ross
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Corn Spirits in Navajo Mythology
Then it was that they moved upward, leaving the dark world behind. They climbed on top of the Four Mountains, which grew upward with them, and they all moved up onto a lighter world. The Wind People brought seeds into the new world, and they planted them:?More about this legend