Holy People Wedding Vase by Kenneth White (#28)

Holy People Wedding Vase by Kenneth White
Holy People Wedding Vase by Kenneth White
Holy People Wedding Vase by Kenneth White

Holy People Wedding Vase by Kenneth White (#28)

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15" high

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Kenneth White made a whopper this time. Large pottery pieces such as this are incredibly difficult to coil, shape, and fire, much less decorate. But Kenneth is at the top of his game which means he has the strength and endurance to complete such a masterwork. With images of the Holy People, basket patterns, sacred corn, protective arrowheads, rainbows, and textile patterns the question is not what’s on that vase, but what is not. Kenneth is a master potter who creates handmade vases packed with Navajo culture and tradition.


About the artist:

Kenneth & Irene White KENNETH & IRENE WHITE : Navajo Pottery
Kenneth & Irene are a husband and wife team who live on the Northern Arizona portion of the Navajo Reservation. They have developed a unique style of pottery using a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques. The pottery is formed using the coil method, where coils of clay are built layer upon layer to form the bowl shape. Once the rounded bowl shape is achieved, it is smoothed and allowed to dry. After the piece is dried it is carved, painted and fired. Lastly, the pots are sealed using a traditional coating of pine pitch. See full biography | See all items by Kenneth & Irene White

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Corn Spirits in Navajo Mythology

Then it was that they moved upward, leaving the dark world behind. They climbed on top of the Four Mountains, which grew upward with them, and they all moved up onto a lighter world. The Wind People brought seeds into the new world, and they planted them:?

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Pottery
The Navajo are relatively recent arrivals to the Southwest. They probably migrated from the north in the 16th Century thereby becoming a part of the Pueblo IV period. The Navajo have made pottery since their arrival; possibly they brought pottery with them during their southern migration. They made a plain and decorated pottery. The plain being considered the older style? More about this legend

Protection/Practice
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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