Tree of Life with Birds Basket by Peggy Black (#450)

Tree of Life with Birds Basket by Peggy Black
Tree of Life with Birds Basket by Peggy Black
Tree of Life with Birds Basket by Peggy Black

Tree of Life with Birds Basket by Peggy Black (#450)

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In Navajo culture, the Tree of Life legend speaks of how Navajo deity guard and protect their people. They watch over their personal growth, fruition, and well-being. In Peggy’s basket, the ceremonial design in the center represents the Navajo universe. Corn means upward movement, a connection to the past, present, and future. Small birds are the voice of the gods; their song is sweet and soothing to the mind and body. Peggy’s basket is a nice reminder of the Navajo connection to all aspects of the natural world.

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Navajo Basket Artist Peggy Black

One of the famous Douglas Mesa basket weavers, there wasn't much question about what Peggy Rock Black would choose to pursue in life. She was born into a family of weavers before she married into an equally talented family of weavers.

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Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is one of the most unique and interesting of Navajo myths and legends. It is an interpretation of where the people came from, their beliefs in the progression and movement of life, connections with their surroundings and the involvement of their deities. It is a metaphor for who they are and the life they lead. At the base of the corn plant there is a symbol for the emergence or center of all things.

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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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