Tall Yei Pot by Nancy Chilly-Yazzie (#72)

Tall Yei Pot by Nancy Chilly-Yazzie
Tall Yei Pot by Nancy Chilly-Yazzie
Tall Yei Pot by Nancy Chilly-Yazzie

Tall Yei Pot by Nancy Chilly-Yazzie (#72)


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Nancy Chilly-Yazzie has chosen to grace her handmade pottery vase with the Navajo Holy People. She believes that by doing so the Sacred Yei figures will bless her with health and wellbeing. Nancy is a patient and careful potter who produces earthenware of grace and beauty. She is one of the most adept Navajo potters producing today. Nancy fires her creations with wood and sheep dung to produce unique fire clouds that enhance the aesthetics of her art. She then seals them with strained and purified pitch of the pinon tree.

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Every creature, every aspect of nature has its holy people . . . . even the stinkbug. Sometimes you can see them, if only for an instant. They are represented, some of them, by colors: the blue sky, the evening dusk, the night these are holy people and one prays to them. There are iron people, crystal people, then the other rocks "and such people." There are dawn people, twilight people, air, thunder, and cloud people. One does not talk about such things in nature when they and their holy people are present.

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The Navajo are relatively recent arrivals to the Southwest. They probably migrated from the north in the 16th Century thereby becoming a part of the Pueblo IV period. The Navajo have made pottery since their arrival; possibly they brought pottery with them during their southern migration. They made a plain and decorated pottery. The plain being considered the older style? More about this legend

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