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

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The “Watches His Flock” basket tells the story of an everyday occurrence on the Navajo Nation. A large and healthy sheep herd is still of major importance to the Navajo people, and Peggy Black’s basket shows the sheepherder and his herd. Surrounded by elements of the ceremonial basket design, this basket adds a green ring to represent the prospect of abundant food for the sheep and the shepherd.

About the artist:

Navajo Basket Artist Peggy Black

One of the famous Douglas Mesa basket weavers, there wasn't much question about what Peggy Rock Black would choose to pursue in life. She was born into a family of weavers before she married into an equally talented family of weavers.

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The gods, of course, had had the animals from the beginning of time. When they arranged the world and planned the pattern of hte stars in the sky, they first laid the glittering objects out on a sheepskin. The Sun, father of the war gods, possessed a flock of sheep in four colors. The beautiful and human myth of the Shooting Chant tells how he offered these to his twin children when they had sought and found him. More about this legend

Navajo Basketry

Basketry is a woman's industry, which is also pursued by the nadle (he changes), hermaphrodites, or men skilled in the arts and industries of both men and women. Basketry, however, is not classified with textile fabrics (yistl'o), but with sewing (nalkhad). It is of interest also that, while the basket is in progress, the sewer is untouched and avoided by the members of her family?

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