Ceremonial Protection Basket by Alicia Nelson (#250)

Ceremonial Protection Basket by Alicia Nelson
Ceremonial Protection Basket by Alicia Nelson
Ceremonial Protection Basket by Alicia Nelson

Ceremonial Protection Basket by Alicia Nelson (#250)

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Isn’t it great when something so simply beautiful is packed with cultural significance? The ceremonial basket specifically relates to the Navajo universe and the helping and healing effects it projects. The arrowhead is considered a gift of Chei or Grandfather Horned Toad. This benevolent being chips the arrowhead with his breath and leaves it about Navajo land for those that desire a protective talisman. To find an arrowhead is to discover a guardian. Alicia Nelson has woven an extremely fine example of a traditional Navajo basket and added a modern arrowhead to the mix. The result is a guardian basket which she hopes will embrace its owner and protect him or her from harm and accident.

About the artist:

Navajo Basket Artist Alicia Nelson

Young and vulnerable to other's opinions, Alicia Nelson has nonetheless learned to trust her own instincts, and this has served her well as she has gone from being an apprentice basket weaver to an artist in her own right. Alicia trained under her mother-in-law, the famous Mary Holiday Black, recipient of the National Endowments 1995 Arts Heritage Award and fellowship. Alicia is one of only an estimated two dozen Navajo weavers who incorporate pictorial images into their baskets.

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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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Ambush, a shelter formed by two trees or shrubs whose branches intermingle, is a setting repeatedly occurring in myth, giving the explanation for various ritualistic properties-emetic frames, hoops, pokers, prayersticks, wood samples. A hero, hoping to shoot a mountain sheep or other animal he did not recognize as a god, lay behind the 'ambush trees,' but when the animal appeared, was numb until it had passed. The animal deity, revealing himself, taught the hero ceremonial lore? More about this legend

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