Yei Tapestry, unknown artist (#81)

Yei Tapestry, unknown artist
Yei Tapestry, unknown artist
Yei Tapestry, unknown artist

Yei Tapestry, unknown artist (#81)

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20" x 24"

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To the Navajo, the Yei-be-chei are the Holy people. They are helpers and healers, gifted by deity to benefit the Diné in their everyday lives. To portray the Yei in a positive, respectful format is to bring about blessings. This example of a Yei-be-chei rug, woven in a sand-colored background, would certainly make any supernatural being happy. Circa 1960s, this weaving has been around awhile but is in pristine condition. Maybe the Yeis are protecting it as well.


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Yei

Every creature, every aspect of nature has its holy people . . . . even the stinkbug. Sometimes you can see them, if only for an instant. They are represented, some of them, by colors: the blue sky, the evening dusk, the night these are holy people and one prays to them. There are iron people, crystal people, then the other rocks "and such people." There are dawn people, twilight people, air, thunder, and cloud people. One does not talk about such things in nature when they and their holy people are present.

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Weaving
After the medicine woman told the people about the prayersticks she told them that there was a place in the underworld where two rivers crossed. It was called ni tqin'kae tsosi, fine fiber cotton (Indian hemp). There were two persons who brought the seed of that plant, they were spiders. They said that the people were to use the plant instead of skins for their clothing. So this seed was planted in the earth? More about this legend

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