Bison Basket by Elsie Holiday (Blue Ribbon) (#449)

Bison Basket by Elsie Holiday (Blue Ribbon) (#449)
Bison Basket by Elsie Holiday (Blue Ribbon) (#449)
Bison Basket by Elsie Holiday (Blue Ribbon) (#449)

Bison Basket by Elsie Holiday (Blue Ribbon) (#449)

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19" x 21"

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Along with artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, Elsie tries her hand at Cubism. Her blocky, sweeping portrait of an American Bison has the look and feel of these early twentieth-century painters. Elsie’s art is in the medium of fiber arts which seems much more difficult to accomplish. Elsie's theme is of the American Bison, which has a great deal of meaning to her. To Elsie and her tribe, the Bison is the personification of the Plains Indians, the story of which is told through the Home of the Buffalo People chant. The tale speaks of interaction between the Plains Tribes and the Navajo. It is a wild and wooly tale of death, destruction, remorse, and rebirth into a higher level of understanding. As with most of Elsie’s art and the artists she emulates, this basket also is on a very high plain of its own. 

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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