From The Beginning Basket by Elsie Holiday (#421)
"From the Beginning" Basket
14 1/2" x 2" deep
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The Navajo people believe that life is meant to be a lesson in upward movement. Everything begins with a personal awakening, moving from the darkness into the light. From that point of consciousness, each person begins their personal journey gaining knowledge, understanding, compassion and companionship. Every individual path spirals upward and outward. Elsie Holiday's “From the Beginning” basket reflects that belief in a beautifully formed, graphic manner. This basket was woven several years ago and has been part of a collection for some time, but now it is back on the market, ready to find a new home.
About the artist:
Considered one of the best Navajo basket weavers, Elsie Stone Holiday married into the famed Douglas Mesa family of weavers. Weaving baskets has become almost an addiction for her. "When I go two or three days without weaving I get anxious to get started again," she says. She weaves 12 hours a day, 5 days a week. "Sometimes I think, 'How long can this last?'", she wistfully states, but for now she is content with her art, finding immense satisfaction in creating premier quality baskets.See full biography | See all items by Elsie Holiday
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This is a story told by the Navajo people by word of mouth to the young and old. The Navajo believe there are Five Worlds. We are presently in the fifth world. The first world was a small, dark and water filled world. It was known as the Red World where the flying insects were the first and only people. The second world was blue with the air. The spirit people here were swallows? More about this legend