Yei Bi Chei Tapestry (ca.1940s), unknown artist (#83)

Yei Bi Chei Tapestry (ca.1940s), unknown artist
Yei Bi Chei Tapestry (ca.1940s), unknown artist
Yei Bi Chei Tapestry (ca.1940s), unknown artist

Yei Bi Chei Tapestry (ca.1940s), unknown artist (#83)


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30 1/2" x 60" (including fringe)

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Every once in a while, an historic weaving appears at Twin Rocks that gets the whole team excited. Such was the case with this 1940s, fringed Yei weaving. This rug features curve and motion in the dancers, highly unusual in horizontally woven patterns such as this. The Yeis, or Holy People, came to the Navajo People from the four sacred directions. They represent purity and light, and herald creation, rejuvenation, and new beginnings. The fringe is simply for the Yeis, as they love to be gifted with bundles of color.

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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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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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