Funky Frog Basket by Elsie Holiday (#456)

Funky Frog Basket by Elsie Holiday
Funky Frog Basket by Elsie Holiday
Funky Frog Basket by Elsie Holiday

Funky Frog Basket by Elsie Holiday (#456)

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17" x 18"

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Is a frog just a frog? Not when it comes to master weaver Elsie Holiday. With this wonderfully fanciful basket, Elsie explores her culture and her creativity. Elsie’s father, Robert June Blackhorse, was a renowned and respected Navajo Medicine Man who taught her that frogs are powerfully symbolic to her people. "Frogs have everything to do with our bones and joints," says Elsie, "respect them and they will heal you. Dishonor them and they will give you grief." Elsie also informed us that she has no desire to get arthritis or anything else that might inhibit her basket-weaving abilities. "I depend on my hands, arms, legs, and every other joint in my body to provide for my family, so I honor the frog to help me," says Elsie, "I just wanted to put a new face on this old subject." 

About the artist:

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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The black and blue Frogs are east and west and are male, the white and yellow Frogs are north and south and are female. The white streaks down their backs signify armor and dawn, the spots on their bodies are different kinds of corn. When the Frogs were people they planted corn (shown in the quadrants). The rainbow bars are their strength and protection. The center is black water with outlines of suds (foam), pollen, and rainbows. The pairs of white lines on the water are soap suds from the sun's rays. 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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