Eye of the Eagle Basket by Elsie Holiday (#448)

Eye of the Eagle Basket by Elsie Holiday
Eye of the Eagle Basket by Elsie Holiday
Eye of the Eagle Basket by Elsie Holiday

Eye of the Eagle Basket by Elsie Holiday (#448)

Signature of Navajo Basket Weaver Elsie Holiday


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11 1/2" x 13 1/2"

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Elsie Holiday considers the eagle to be the most powerful and gifted of the family of Aves. Elsie’s father, Robert June Blackhorse, was a highly respected medicine man, who often used eagle feathers in his healing ceremonies. Elsie was told that the eagle is an intermediary between the real and spirit worlds; they carry messages back and forth and aid in translation. Elsie says that the eagle has crystal-clear vision and can pierce the veil to see and understand the world and pursuits of mortals and deity alike. With these thoughts in mind, Elsie has created “The Eye of the Eagle,” a basket that speaks to the knowledge and perceptions eagles possess concerning the Navajo and their gods. Elsie is indeed a master of her art, one that is willing to share her thoughts and beliefs in a most unique manner.

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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