Four Directions Basket by Peggy Black (#439)

Four Directions Basket by Peggy Black
Four Directions Basket by Peggy Black
Four Directions Basket by Peggy Black

Four Directions Basket by Peggy Black (#439)

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7 1/2"

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Great things can come in small packages. Such is the case with Peggy Black’s powerful little basket representing the four directions of the Navajo universe. Packed into this 7 ½” sumac basket are the sacred colors, along with the central emergence device, and blood rings; everything is wrapped in a protective rainbow. It is a charming little piece of basketry.

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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Four Directions
Reichard (1950:187-203) described the significance of several colors. White (ligai) is the color of White Dawn in the east and apparently differentiates the naturally sacred from the profane (black or red). Blue (dootlizh) signifies the bright Blue Sky of day and belongs to the south. Yellow (litso) represents fructification because of its association with yellow pollen; belonging to the west, this color represents the Yellow Evening Light of sunset? 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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