"Birds-of-a-Feather" Basket Vase by Elsie Holiday (#436)

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"Birds-of-a-Feather" Basket Vase
7 1/2" high with 10" diameter

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Master basket weaver Elsie Holiday has created a uniquely meaningful feather inspired basket. Ayazh, or ayazh altqas’ai, is a general name for a wide variety of the smaller, varicolored birds that frequent Navajoland. They are said to have been produced from the feathers of the monstrous eagle, tsenahale’ brought down by the Hero Twins. Their delicate, colorful feathers are added to the ket’an (prayer sticks) and ceremonial masks used by the Navajo.

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Navajo Basket Weaver Elsie Holiday

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.

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