Navajo/Hopi Blue Corn Butterfly Maiden Carving - Dennis Ross (#73)
Base: 3 3/4" x 3"
Height: 10 1/2"
Dennis Ross, Navajo/Hopi artist, has the hands of a lumberjack and the carving ability of a sculptor. Because of his dual heritage Dennis often blends design and motif to craft his imaginative art forms. In this case Dennis has produced a sculpture that portrays a Hopi Butterfly Maiden that is believed to govern the spring and a Navajo Corn Spirit that allows growth of the most precious of food source. The combination of characters allows for a most attractive and appealing figure.
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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