Navajo Baskets

 Navajo baskets possess a rich history, indicative of the Navajo people’s movement into the Southwest and their subsequent adoption of a lifestyle which would best help them survive in the high red rock desert of the American Southwest.  Interestingly, Navajo baskets today descend from basketmaking techniques adopted from Ancestral Puebloan people.  As is true with other Navajo art forms perfected by rug weavers and silversmiths, Navajo basket artists have mastered techniques necessary to create fine baskets with a uniquely Navajo flavor.(Continued below)


Holy People and Mountains by Betty Rock Johnson

Holy People and Mountains by Betty Rock Johnson (#123)

$250.00


Navajo Protection Basket by Alicia Nelson

Navajo Protection Basket by Alicia Nelson (#246)

$250.00


Four Directions Basket by Peggy Black

Four Directions Basket by Peggy Black (#439)

$250.00


Emergence Basket by Peggy Black

Emergence Basket by Peggy Black (#441)

$250.00


Butterfly Basket by Fannie King

Butterfly Basket by Fannie King (#96)

$495.00


Rock Art Goat Basket by Betty Rock Johnson

Rock Art Goat Basket by Betty Rock Johnson (#124)

$495.00




"Watches his Flock" Basket by Peggy Black (#438)

$495.00


Deep Ceremonial Basket by Joann Johnson

Deep Ceremonial Basket by Joann Johnson (#129)

$525.00


Blue-Eyed Sheep Basket by Peggy Black

Blue-Eyed Sheep Basket by Peggy Black (#433)

$650.00


Modified Ceremonial Basket by Fannie King

Modified Ceremonial Basket by Fannie King (#104)

$650.00


Spider Woman Cross Basket by Fannie King

Spider Woman Cross Basket by Fannie King (Red Ribbon) (#106)

$650.00


Miniature Ceremonial Basket Set by Alicia Nelson

Miniature Ceremonial Basket Set by Alicia Nelson (#247)

$750.00


Navajo Woven Vessel, unknown artist

Navajo Woven Vessel, unknown artist (#20)

$750.00


Squash Blossom Basket by Fannie King

Squash Blossom Basket by Fannie King (#103)

$875.00


Blue-Eyed Sheep Basket by Peggy Black

Blue-Eyed Sheep Basket by Peggy Black (#435)

$950.00


Joann's Calendar Basket by Joann Johnson

Joann's Calendar Basket by Joann Johnson (#133)

$990.00


Colorful Turtle Basket by Peggy Rock Black

Colorful Turtle Basket by Peggy Rock Black (#440)

$990.00


Radiant Star Basket by Alicia Nelson

Radiant Star Basket by Alicia Nelson (#243)

$995.00


Late 1900's Karok Basketry Hat w/ Obsidian Blade Design (#03)

Late 1900's Karok Basketry Hat w/ Obsidian Blade Design (#03)

$1,195.00


Duality Basket by Fannie King

Duality Basket by Fannie King (#100)

$1,200.00


Classic Chief Design Basket by Joann Johnson

Classic Chief Design Basket by Joann Johnson (#130)

$1,400.00


Eye of the Eagle Basket by Elsie Holiday

Eye of the Eagle Basket by Elsie Holiday (#448)

$1,750.00


Thunder and Lightning Basket Set by Lorraine Black

Thunder and Lightning Basket Set by Lorraine Black (#268)

$1,850.00


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Navajo Doodle Basket - Joann Johnson (#96)

$1,875.00


Navajo Patriotic Butterfly Basket by Elsie Holiday

Navajo Patriotic Butterfly Basket - Elsie Holiday (#070)

$1,900.00


Ceremonial Basket with Sheep by Peggy Rock Black

Ceremonial Basket with Sheep by Peggy Rock Black (#432)

$1,950.00


Horse Basket with Yei by Lorraine Black

Horse Basket with Yei by Lorraine Black (#266)

$1,950.00


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Navajo Memorial Day Basket - Joann Johnson (#111)

$1,995.00


Tohono O'odham Man and Dog Horsehair Basket by Elizabeth Juan

Tohono O'odham Man and Dog Horsehair Basket by Elizabeth Juan (#01)

$2,400.00


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Navajo Dragonfly Basket - Elsie Holiday (#404)

$2,495.00


Navajo Interlocken Basket by Elsie Holiday

Navajo Interlocken Basket - Elsie Holiday (#117)

$2,500.00


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Navajo Fun & Folk Basket - Peggy Black (#108)

$2,500.00


Navajo Patriotism Basket by Joanne Johnson

Navajo Patriotism Basket by Joanne Johnson (#126)

$2,500.00


Fire God Basket by Peggy Black

Fire God Basket by Peggy Black (#429)

$2,500.00


Small Birds and Turtle Basket by Lorraine Black

Small Birds and Turtle Basket by Lorraine Black (#267)

$2,500.00


Round Dance at N'da' Basket by Lorraine Black

Round Dance at N'da' Basket by Lorraine Black (#262)

$2,750.00


Home of the Buffalo People Basket by Lorraine Black

Home of the Buffalo People Basket by Lorraine Black (#264)

$2,750.00


Navajo Basket

Navajo Basket "Four Sacred Plants" by Joann Johnson (#123)

$2,900.00


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Navajo Ceremonial Jingle Dance Basket - Lorraine Black (#255)

$2,950.00


Four Seasons/Tree of Life Basket by Elsie Holiday

Four Seasons/Tree of Life Basket by Elsie Holiday (#453)

$2,950.00


Navajo Chief Basket by Lorraine Black

Navajo Chief Basket by Lorraine Black (#259)

$2,975.00


Navajo Chief Basket by Lorraine Black

Navajo Chief Basket by Lorraine Black (#260)

$2,975.00


Butterfly Basket by Elsie Holiday

Butterfly Basket by Elsie Holiday (#447)

$2,975.00


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Navajo Bull Too Basket - Elsie Holiday (#402)

$3,250.00


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Navajo Monument Valley or Bust Basket - Lorraine Black (#232)

$3,750.00


Picasso's Navajo Wolf Basket by Elsie Holiday (#444)

Picasso's Navajo Wolf Basket by Elsie Holiday (#444)

$3,750.00


Funky Frog Basket by Elsie Holiday

Funky Frog Basket by Elsie Holiday (#456)

$4,750.00


Mule Basket by Elsie Holiday (Blue Ribbon)

Mule Basket by Elsie Holiday (Blue Ribbon) (#441)

$4,900.00


Snake Dance Basket by Lorraine Black

Snake Dance Basket by Lorraine Black (#265)

$4,975.00


Chief Basket by Elsie Holiday

Chief Basket by Elsie Holiday (#451)

$4,975.00


Bison Basket by Elsie Holiday (Blue Ribbon) (#449)

Bison Basket by Elsie Holiday (Blue Ribbon) (#449)

$5,000.00


The Four Directions Set of 5 Baskets by Elsie Holiday (Blue Ribbon)

The Four Directions Set of 5 Baskets by Elsie Holiday (Blue Ribbon) (#450)

$7,800.00


All Navajo baskets employ the coil method of weaving using rhus trilobata, more commonly known as three-leaf sumac.  The foundation for all designs is the Navajo ceremonial basket which continues to be woven and used in traditional Navajo healing rites.  In the late 1960’s, a few Navajo basket weavers experimented with other pictorial elements such as yei’i and eagles.  As a result of this early experimentation, Navajo basket artistry is currently experiencing its richest period of innovation.  Led by innovator and weaving teacher, Mary Holiday Black, the work of younger fine basket technicians and artisans such as Elsie Holiday, Lorraine Black, Alicia Nelson and Joann Johnson have exploded into a plethora of representational and geometric designs, making Navajo basketry one of the most exciting movements in contemporary Native American art. 


Artists who create Navajo Baskets:

Navajo Basket Artist Lorraine Black
Lorraine Black
Navajo Basket Artist Peggy Black
Peggy Black
Navajo Basket Weaver Elsie Holiday
Elsie Holiday
Betty Rock Johnson
Betty Rock Johnson
Navajo Basket Weaver Joann Johnson
Joann Johnson
Elizabeth Juan
Elizabeth Juan
Fannie King
Fannie King
Navajo Basket Artist Alicia Nelson
Alicia Nelson
Unknown Artist
Unknown Artist

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