Diversity Tree Basket by Elsie Holiday (#467)

Diversity Tree Basket by Elsie Holiday
Diversity Tree Basket by Elsie Holiday
Diversity Tree Basket by Elsie Holiday

Diversity Tree Basket by Elsie Holiday (#467)

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Elsie Holiday’s newest creation shows the depth of her skill, insight, and creativity. Her Diversity Tree Basket represents the bridging of many cultures, some from prior worlds and some contemporary. Her subtle and softly colored leaves, representing many "tribes," are a departure from Elsie’s normal vibrant shades and contrast powerfully with the deep roots. Elsie has joined many different elements to show that in diversity, we are strong.

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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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