Tall Yei Pot by Nancy Chilly Yazzie (#75)

Tall Yei Pot by Nancy Chilly Yazzie
Tall Yei Pot by Nancy Chilly Yazzie
Tall Yei Pot by Nancy Chilly Yazzie

Tall Yei Pot by Nancy Chilly Yazzie (#75)


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Nancy Chilly Yazzie loves digging in the dirt, playing with fire, and climbing trees. From the clay, she shapes exquisite pottery bowls. With fire, Nancy hardens the pottery into ceramics and, with pitch from the trees, she seals them and makes the pottery watertight. The designs Nancy impresses into the pots are drawn from her traditional upbringing. Navajo Holy People, Sacred Plants, and symbols abound on unique creations.

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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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Corn in Navajo Traditional Life

The Supernaturals also warn him of taboos connected with the use of corn. It should not be cooked until it is ripe nor eaten before it is fully cooked, or frost and floods will damage the crop. In the "vigil of the corn" ceremony the corn is fed with dried meat; if it were to be fed with corn it would thus consume itself, just as feeding meat to the masks would cause men to eat each other. When giving this warning Talking God refers to the time that ugly woman fed corn to the corn with result that " the people starved and men ate the flesh of other men."?

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The Navajo are relatively recent arrivals to the Southwest. They probably migrated from the north in the 16th Century thereby becoming a part of the Pueblo IV period. The Navajo have made pottery since their arrival; possibly they brought pottery with them during their southern migration. They made a plain and decorated pottery. The plain being considered the older style? More about this legend

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