Navajo Corn Yei Pottery Vase - Nancy Chilly (#62)
Circumference: 23 1/4"
Height: 10 1/4"
Opening: 4 1/2"
Nancy Chilly has embossed the Holy People upon this pottery vessel in order to honor them for being benevolent to her high desert people. Nancy creates pottery that portray the Yei-be-chei surrounded by textile patterns and sacred corn. She uses hand dug clay and pinion pitch to form and seal the pottery, the same way her ancestors did. Nancy's pottery is a fabulous example of how the Navajo culture effects their art.
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The Navajo are relatively recent arrivals to the Southwest. They probably migrated from the north in the 16th Century thereby becoming a part of the Pueblo IV period. The Navajo have made pottery since their arrival; possibly they brought pottery with them during their southern migration. They made a plain and decorated pottery. The plain being considered the older style? More about this legend