Yei Tapestry by Bessie Coggeshell (#76)

Yei Tapestry by Bessie Coggeshell
Yei Tapestry by Bessie Coggeshell
Yei Tapestry by Bessie Coggeshell

Yei Tapestry by Bessie Coggeshell (#76)

Signature of Navajo Rug Artist Bessie Coggeshell


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19" x 30"

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Bessie is one of the finest tapestry weavers of the Navajo Nation. In this handsome Yei weaving, she has departed from her signature Red Mesa rugs to a traditional subject. Bessie recently had some minor eye surgery, and her work has never been more crisp or sharp.

About the artist:

Navajo Rug Weaver Bessie Coggeshell

Bessie Coggleshell has been weaving for nearly five decades, but she is still enthusiastic about her rugs. When asked which of her finished rugs is her favorite, she answers, "I liked all of them."

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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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After the medicine woman told the people about the prayersticks she told them that there was a place in the underworld where two rivers crossed. It was called ni tqin'kae tsosi, fine fiber cotton (Indian hemp). There were two persons who brought the seed of that plant, they were spiders. They said that the people were to use the plant instead of skins for their clothing. So this seed was planted in the earth? More about this legend

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