Holy People Vase by Kenneth White (#29)

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

Holy People Vase by Kenneth White (#29)


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11 1/2" x 8 1/2"

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Kenneth White has dug into the good earth and come up with a block of clay he deemed worthy of creating this distinctive Yei pot. Kenneth has been blessed with the ability to dredge up the most basic building materials and to create objects of alluring artistry. The designs impressed into this vase are images of the Holy People, the staff of life, prayer feathers, and textile patterns. It seems Kenneth has covered most, if not all, required aspects of representation to please the deities with this portrayal. Pinon pitch is the last step; it seals, protects, and gives the pot a lustrous shine.

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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Related legends:

Holy Ones
The meaning of the word hashch'e (Holy Ones) as employed in the names of some of the gods is not generally known. Moreover, it is not generally made public by the knowing ones who guard its meaning as a secret. Hashch'eltqii, the Talking God of the east, is the child of hayolkhal hastqin and hayolkhal esdza, to the Dawn Man and Woman? More about this legend

Feather: As a common denominator the feather figures imortantly in Native American myth, method, and tribal practice. The feather is a metaphor for flight, a messenger to the spirit world. Feathers are used decoratively, as prayer symbols, and as designs of power. Attached to an arrow, the feather becomes the universal emblem of the hunt, of flight, of finding the mark? More about this legend

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

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