Tall Yei Pot by Nancy Chilly-Yazzie (#73)

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 (#73)


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12" tall

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In Navajo myth and legend, a flood bowl is considered to be a precious gift of the Gods. In the mostly arid landscape of the great American Southwest, moisture is never taken for granted. What greater gift could be bestowed upon a people than allowing them the basic element of survival? Nancy Chilly-Yazzie has recreated the spirit of the flood bowl and adorned it with the very same deities that provide the beneficial aid for the Navajo people. Bowls such as this are believed to have been buried at the source of wells, streams, and rivers. Left undisturbed these sacred vessels will continue to provide precious water to a well-deserving culture.

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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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