Emergence Basket by Peggy Black (#441)

Emergence Basket by Peggy Black
Emergence Basket by Peggy Black
Emergence Basket by Peggy Black

Emergence Basket by Peggy Black (#441)

Signature of Navajo Basket Weaver Peggy Black


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Many years ago, we read a reference about an extinct ceremony. The information came from The Franciscan Fathers Ethnologic Dictionary, Saint Michaels, Arizona, and described a basket intentionally woven with a hole in the center. The ceremony's intent is long lost, but it was assumed the basket was placed over the opening of an earthenware jar, which had been filled with water and buried in the earth. This arrangement was thought to be a recreation of the flood that forced the Navajo people from previous worlds into this realm. When we shared this information with Peggy Black, she offered to weave just such a basket. Peggy soon realized it is much more difficult to begin a basket with an open center rather than a tight coil, but she did it and, in the process, created a beautifully woven and unusual piece of Navajo 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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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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