Prayer Feather Basket by Elsie Holiday (#466)

Prayer Feather Basket by Elsie Holiday
Prayer Feather Basket by Elsie Holiday
Prayer Feather Basket by Elsie Holiday

Prayer Feather Basket by Elsie Holiday (#466)

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Eagle feathers play an important role in many Native American ceremonies and Elsie Holiday features this image in her lovely Prayer Feather basket. The feathers radiate from the basket’s center and seem to rotate and come alive. This is another of Elsie’s superior baskets that are both contemporary and traditional at the same time.


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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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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Feathers
Feather: As a common denominator the feather figures imortantly in Native American myth, method, and tribal practice. The feather is a metaphor for flight, a messenger to the spirit world. Feathers are used decoratively, as prayer symbols, and as designs of power. Attached to an arrow, the feather becomes the universal emblem of the hunt, of flight, of finding the mark? More about this legend

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