Horned Toad Basket by Lorraine Black (#273)

Horned Toad Basket by Lorraine Black
Horned Toad Basket by Lorraine Black
Horned Toad Basket by Lorraine Black

Horned Toad Basket by Lorraine Black (#273)

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Lorraine has fashioned a memorable basket incorporating a major player in the Navajo ceremonial stories, Horned Toad. This deity, referred to as chee-chai or grandfather by traditional people, is loved and respected as a protector and relative. It is believed Horned Toad chips arrowheads with his breath, transforming them into protective talisman. Lorraine has incorporated a finely carved Zuni Horned Toad fetish as the centerpiece of this masterful and meaningful weaving.


About the artist:

Navajo Basket Artist Lorraine Black

Inspired by dreams, Lorraine Black's skills have literally elevated basket weaving to new dimensions. Lorraine Black's infectious laugh belies the serious magic her hands conjure up when weaving a basket. Unprecedented in her ideas, Lorraine's baskets are innovative and beautiful. Many of them make good use of texture through over-stitching and the addition of objects such as flint arrowheads or horsehair.

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Horned Toad
When a point is found, the person inhales the air around it four times and asks for protection from the spirit accompanying it. Although some believe that arrowheads are made by horned toads that blow on a rock and chip it into a form with its breath, ........... More about this legend

Arrows

To the Navajo, flint is a sacred stone. Arrowheads are said to resemble the tips of the fiery bolt thrown by Thunder. Arrows equal lightning and some of the old warrior tales tell of mortals who wear flint armor and look like Gila Monster. In other legends, when Elder Brother sings flint songs, his voice jingles with the sound of blue flint, thunder flint, water flint, talking flint?

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