The Sun (Johonnaa ei) Basket by Elsie Holiday (#472)

The Sun (Johonnaa ei) Basket by Elsie Holiday
The Sun (Johonnaa ei) Basket by Elsie Holiday
The Sun (Johonnaa ei) Basket by Elsie Holiday

The Sun (Johonnaa ei) Basket by Elsie Holiday (#472)

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In Navajo beliefs, First Man created a deity called Johonnaa ei to carry the sun across the sky every day. Elsie has chosen to honor the Sun Bearer with a powerful black and white basket that reverses the usual representation. She has made the sun and its dancing rays black in an all-white sky. It is yet another of her totally original designs for a new era of Navajo basketry.

About the artist:

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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The morning after their arrival the sun rises as a red glare indicating danger. Pg. 206, Flint Way.
The attack proceeds, and they fight even in the village. Two of Sun's children are killed, and Sun rises red and trembling until the perfect shell discs in which they were dressed are recovered for him? More about this legend

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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