Coyote Star Basket by Elsie Holiday (#461)

Coyote Star Basket by Elsie Holiday
Coyote Star Basket by Elsie Holiday
Coyote Star Basket by Elsie Holiday

Coyote Star Basket by Elsie Holiday (#461)

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Elsie Holiday has taken a small aspect of a major Navajo cultural story and woven an amazing basket around it. Elsie loves Navajo culture. Her father Robert June Blackhorse was a Medicine Man and made certain that Elsie knew the myth and legend. In the Placing the Stars story, first man and coyote were responsible for placing the constellations and Milky Way in the night sky. It is said that coyote chose one piece of rock star mica for himself and placed it in the heavens. Elsie’s basket represents the spectacular beauty of that particular star.

About the artist:

Navajo Basket Weaver Elsie Holiday

Considered one of the best Navajo basket weavers, Elsie Stone Holiday married into the famed Douglas Mesa family of weavers. Weaving baskets has become almost an addiction for her. "When I go two or three days without weaving I get anxious to get started again," she says. She weaves 12 hours a day, 5 days a week. "Sometimes I think, 'How long can this last?'", she wistfully states, but for now she is content with her art, finding immense satisfaction in creating premier quality baskets.

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Coyote, First Man and Placing the Stars
After four nights had come and gone First Woman and First Man saw that the sky was too dark. More lights were needed up there for those who wished to travel by night, expecially when the moon did not shine? More about this legend

The division of the year into twelve months may also have been superimposed on traditional Navajo concepts. This may be why only some of the months have specific constellations associated with them. Four of the months were said to have feather headdresses? 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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