Hero Twins Basket by Lorraine Black (#270)

Hero Twins Basket by Lorraine Black
Hero Twins Basket by Lorraine Black
Hero Twins Basket by Lorraine Black

Hero Twins Basket by Lorraine Black (#270)

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Lorraine Black loves to talk about the myth and legend of the Navajo people. What is interesting about Lorraine is that she tells those stories through her woven baskets. In this case, she speaks of the birth, personal growth, and development of twin boys into Heros that saved the people from themselves. The Twins were children of the Sun and Changing Woman. Their destiny was to destroy the monsters inadvertently created by The People: creatures brought into being through negative actions who were then bent on destroying and/or devouring those that brought them into the world of humans. This Story Basket holds great meaning as told by a master artist. 

About the artist:

Navajo Basket Artist Lorraine Black

Inspired by dreams, Lorraine Black's skills have literally elevated basket weaving to new dimensions. Lorraine Black's infectious laugh belies the serious magic her hands conjure up when weaving a basket. Unprecedented in her ideas, Lorraine's baskets are innovative and beautiful. Many of them make good use of texture through over-stitching and the addition of objects such as flint arrowheads or horsehair.

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Related legends:

Hero Twins/Monster Slayer
Monster Slayer and Child-of-the-water are the War Gods, having been transformed from earthly beings. They are ye'i, at least in the sense that they are impersonated by masked dancers, but are perhaps in a class by themselves. 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?

More about this legend

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