Ma'ootsoh (Navajo Wolf) Basket by Elsie Holiday (#465)

Ma'ootsoh (Navajo Wolf) Basket by Elsie Holiday
Ma'ootsoh (Navajo Wolf) Basket by Elsie Holiday
Ma'ootsoh (Navajo Wolf) Basket by Elsie Holiday

Ma'ootsoh (Navajo Wolf) Basket by Elsie Holiday (#465)

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25" x 26"

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Once again, Elsie Holiday has worked her magic with sumac and imagination. Her image of a Wolf, called by the Navajo people, Ma’ootsoh, or “big coyote,” captures the viewer with its direct and powerful gaze. Few other contemporary artists use color with the same command and confidence as our Elsie

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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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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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Wolf in Navajo Mythology

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