Checkerboard Basket by Peggy Black (#455)

Checkerboard Basket by Peggy Black
Checkerboard Basket by Peggy Black
Checkerboard Basket by Peggy Black

Checkerboard Basket by Peggy Black (#455)

Signature of Navajo Basket Weaver Peggy Black


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The Navajo "Checkerboard" area refers to a long section of the southern tribal boundary that today parallels I-40 in New Mexico. During the nineteenth century, land was divided into one-mile squares that alternated between railroad property and reservation. Peggy’s new basket provides that same type of interchange between black and white squares, but on an outwardly spiraling pattern.

About the artist:

Navajo Basket Artist Peggy Black

One of the famous Douglas Mesa basket weavers, there wasn't much question about what Peggy Rock Black would choose to pursue in life. She was born into a family of weavers before she married into an equally talented family of weavers.

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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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