Navajo Ceremonial Basket by Mary Holiday Black (#394)

Navajo Ceremonial Basket by Mary Holiday Black
Navajo Ceremonial Basket by Mary Holiday Black
Navajo Ceremonial Basket by Mary Holiday Black

Navajo Ceremonial Basket by Mary Holiday Black (#394)


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Mary Holiday Black is recognized as the matriarch of Navajo basket weaving and is directly responsible for saving this important Native American art form. Recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Fellow in 1995, Mary is the first Navajo, and first citizen of Utah, to be so honored. A series of small strokes has made it impossible for Mary to continue weaving, and this classic ceremonial basket is a fine representative of her work.

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Mary Holiday Black

Considered primarily responsible for the preservation and renaissance of the art of Navajo basket weaving, Mary Holiday Black is a legend in her own time. Mary received the Utah Governor's 1995 Folk Art Award, and in September of 1996 a $10,000 National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which was presented to her in Washington D.C. by First Lady Hillary Clinton.

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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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Navajo Ceremonial Baskets
The Navajo wedding basket also reflects many values of traditional life and so often contains all six sacred mountains, including Huerfano and Gobernador Knob, though the size of the basket may determine the numher of mountains in the design. The center spot in the basket represents the beginning of this world, where the Navajo people emerged from a reed? More about this legend

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