Thought, Speech, and Mother Earth Basket by Elsie Holiday (#473)

Thought, Speech, and Mother Earth Basket by Elsie Holiday
Thought, Speech, and Mother Earth Basket by Elsie Holiday
Thought, Speech, and Mother Earth Basket by Elsie Holiday

Thought, Speech, and Mother Earth Basket by Elsie Holiday (#473)

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20 1/2" x 23 1/3"

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Elsie has created a new vision of tribal iconography in a basket that could be considered the Navajo Holy Family. The origin stories tell us that First Boy and First Girl were the parents of Changing Woman, the towering figure of Mother Earth so fundamental to Navajo religion. The basket’s prominent central face represents Mother Earth, composed of the profiles of her parents. On the left is First Boy wearing a red headband and representing Thought. On the right side, First Girl, who personifies Speech and wears her green mask. This is a truly significant basket by the most visionary of all contemporary Navajo basket makers.


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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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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