Hoot Owl Basket by Elsie Holiday (#457)

Hoot Owl Basket by Elsie Holiday
Hoot Owl Basket by Elsie Holiday
Hoot Owl Basket by Elsie Holiday

Hoot Owl Basket by Elsie Holiday (#457)

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16" x 18"

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The ability to weave baskets containing animal imagery of this quality is something not many Navajo weavers can accomplish. Every other artist who has an opportunity to examine Elsie Holiday's baskets is amazed at her technique and ability to represent ideas in such a lifelike manner. To the Navajo, the owl is a messenger, and harbinger of omens of the most impactful nature. When an owl is seen or heard, there may just be a life-changing experience on your horizon. To be certain, when we see Elsie walking up the front steps, we know for certain that our lives will be affected in one positive manner or another.

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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Owls (ne'ecdja') (H) are not differentiated very carefully in the literature, although they certainly are by the Navaho. According to Matthews, Eye Killers became poorwills (xo'cdodi'), which are said to sleep in the daytime and to come out at night to make things beautiful and the earth happy. 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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