Chief Basket by Elsie Holiday (#451)

Chief Basket by Elsie Holiday
Chief Basket by Elsie Holiday
Chief Basket by Elsie Holiday

Chief Basket by Elsie Holiday (#451)

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19" x 21"

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Inspired by the paintings of John Nieto, Elsie Holiday has created a stunning basket to showcase her weaving abilities. Using bold colors and historic imagery, Elsie has once again amazed us. Each time she stops by the trading post with her work we are astounded by the vast talent she has developed. There is no question she will be defined as one of the best Navajo basket weavers . . . ever.

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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Related legends:

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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