Separation of the Navajo and Apache Basket by Peggy Rock Black (#446)

Separation of the Navajo and Apache Basket by Peggy Rock Black
Separation of the Navajo and Apache Basket by Peggy Rock Black
Separation of the Navajo and Apache Basket by Peggy Rock Black

Separation of the Navajo and Apache Basket by Peggy Rock Black (#446)

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Peggy Black impresses us once again with this pictorial basket that relates to how the Navajo and Apache people fell apart. The Navajo believe that the Apache are related and once shared the same space. We do know that the two tribes share the same root language. The two tribes began to bicker and badger each other to no end. They became so contentious that their surroundings began to take on similarities. Every plant became sharp and pointed, the sky became grey and dull, and the rivers ran black. Fire God, aka Black God, became so disgusted with the two groups that he divided them into separate entities and sent one into the southern mountains. That group became known as the Apache. After the separation, things became better. The skies and waters cleared, but the stickers remained. Fire God knew that only flame could cause a cleansing so he set it all on fire. That is the reason a black patina remains on the red rock around Navajo land. Those fire clouds act as a reminder of what can occur if we let our emotions rule our world.


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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Fire God
Fire God: Deity symbol for Man's use of fire. In the Navajo creation stories, Fire God overpowers the deities who rule water. This may be seen as Man's ability to use nature in a positive way rather than be ruled by it? 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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