Four Directions Basket by Fannie King (#107)

Four Directions Basket by Fannie King
Four Directions Basket by Fannie King
Four Directions Basket by Fannie King

Four Directions Basket by Fannie King (#107)

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Fannie Bitsinnie King loves to weave and she could no more stop creating baskets than stop breathing. Fannie is a traditionally raised Navajo from the heart of Monument Valley. She married a Paiute from the Navajo Mountain, which borders northern Dinetah, and the couple now lives in the shadow of that sacred hillock. This basket is an adaptation of a Paiute pattern modified to portray the four sacred directions of the Navajo. Leave it to Fannie to dovetail designs from two cultures, hers and her husbands, to send a message of just how important the lands of Native Peoples are to them.  The design stands for emergence, the deity-given gift of a homeland along with balance, beauty, and harmony. Fannie believes that as human beings we must continually recreate ourselves to maintain growth, both mentally and emotionally. It is always interesting to see Fannie’s interpretation of a very down-to-earth philosophy.


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Dine Emergence/Creation
This is a story told by the Navajo people by word of mouth to the young and old. The Navajo believe there are Five Worlds. We are presently in the fifth world. The first world was a small, dark and water filled world. It was known as the Red World where the flying insects were the first and only people. The second world was blue with the air. The spirit people here were swallows? More about this legend

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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