Tree of Life Tapestry by Helena Begay (#81)

Tree of Life Tapestry by Helena Begay
Tree of Life Tapestry by Helena Begay
Tree of Life Tapestry by Helena Begay

Tree of Life Tapestry by Helena Begay (#81)


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16" x 20 1/2"

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Our friend Helena Begay has managed to bring together all the elements of existence into one lovely Tree of Life tapestry. Eighteen colorful birds and 22 busy bees swirl around a single corn plant, a major source of nourishment for the Navajo people. The corn stalk grows from a ceremonial wedding basket, which is itself a celebration of life. Helena has done a fine job capturing her world in wool.

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Small Birds
Ayazh, or ayazh altqas'ai, various small birds, is a general name for the smaller varicolored birds which have no special name. They are said to have been produced from the feathers of the monstrous eagle, tsenahale'. Their feathers, and those of the blue and yellow bird are added to the ket'an, prayersticks, to the masks, and otherwise. More about this legend

After the medicine woman told the people about the prayersticks she told them that there was a place in the underworld where two rivers crossed. It was called ni tqin'kae tsosi, fine fiber cotton (Indian hemp). There were two persons who brought the seed of that plant, they were spiders. They said that the people were to use the plant instead of skins for their clothing. So this seed was planted in the earth? More about this legend

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