Fire Basket by Chris Johnson (#52)

Fire Basket by Chris Johnson
Fire Basket by Chris Johnson
Fire Basket by Chris Johnson

Fire Basket by Chris Johnson (#52)


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STAFF PICK: When Chris Johnson brought in his Fire Basket, we were all amazed at its technical proficiency, imaginative imagery, and skill of construction. Chris only produces a few baskets each year and the Fire Basket represents one of the finest creations of his career. It is not unusual for one of us to take the basket down and marvel anew at the excellence of Chris’ work.




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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

Fire also figures ceremonially, and is then sometimes referred to as "the pokers," from the leading feature of placing pokers at the cardinal points around the fire. Heaps of firewood are placed at each side of the entrance inside the hogan, which is then closed with an additional blanket hanging in front of the ordinary blanket curtain? 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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