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  • The Navajo Rug and Weaving

    “Weaving is a way of sitting still in the harmony place.” High in the Chuska Mountains on a midsummer afternoon, Mary, a Navajo elder, sits under a juniper, carding wool for a Navajo rug and watching her sheep. The meadow grass is high, its verdant green dotted with purple, white and yellow wildflowers. From the time of her mother's mother, Mary's family has moved their flock from the searing heat of the lower valley to the cool pastures in the Chuska range; the bleating sheep winding their way along well trodden paths near the Crystal highway. Up go the ... [Read More]

  • Ganado Navajo Rug

     Ganado Navajo Rug In the beginning, in the time of creation, Spider Woman taught the Navajo the art of weaving. Spider Man taught them how to make their sacred loom. “The cross poles were made of sky and earth cords, the warp sticks of sun rays, the healds of rock crystal and sheet lightning. The batten was a sun halo, white shell made the comb.” Everything a weaver needed was there - fibers and dyes from plants, design elements from nature - lightning, stars, the sun, terraced clouds, trees, animal tracks, the four sacred mountains, the four cardinal directions. Inspiration ... [Read More]

  • Wide Ruins Navajo Rug

    Wide Ruins Navajo Rug It was late summer, 1942, and Gladys, an elder Navajo weaver, walked across the sun drenched desert gathering native plants for vegetal dyes. It had rained the day before and the land was fresh, with the heady aroma of sage filling the air. Gladys was collecting the yellow flowers of rabbitbrush to dye wool for a Wide Ruins rug. She knelt beside a particularly robust plant, faced the east, made an offering of sacred chips and said prayers. “You grow in the first World – Black You grow in the Second World – Blue You grow ... [Read More]

  • Crystal Navajo Rug

    Crystal Navajo Rug It's difficult to describe this particular web of beauty, so long and large is its reach, but we can begin with the Chuska Mountains of New Mexico and the area named Crystal, a breathtaking, isolated plain, eight thousand feet high, eight miles west of Narbona Pass. We can mention “the towering pines and firs, the oak, the aspen, and the willow” that impressed Lieutenant James H. Simpson as he passed by in August of 1849, and the “flowers of rich profusion” which delighted his eye. It was here, in 1896, that J. B. Moore and wife, Marion, ... [Read More]

  • Two Grey Hills Navajo Rug

    Two Grey Hills Navajo Rug “On a trail of beauty we walk” If one wished to characterize a Two Grey Hills rug, they’d begin by showing you an exceptional tapestry weave of 80 or more wefts per linear inch. If the tapestry had been woven by master weaver, Daisy Taugelchee, it might have upwards of 115 wefts per inch. The colors would be natural, finely spun wools in brown, beige, white and black, with carded hues of tan and grey. The design would be complex, featuring one or more black borders surrounding strong, central elements such as hooked or terraced ... [Read More]

  • Yei and Yeibichai Navajo Rugs

    Yei and Yeibichai Navajo Rugs “Happily I recover. Happily my interior becomes cool.” “Wu’ hu’ hu’ hu’. Wu’.” We heard him coming from the green arbor at the eastern end of the long dance oval. Yeibitsai, Talking God, Maternal Grandfather of the Navajo Holy People, God of dawn, the eastern sky and animals of the chase. Yeibitsai precedes all the masked dancers on the last night of the Night Chant, a nine day healing ceremony that purifies a patient, unites him with the power and presence of the Holy people (Yei), and restores him to the world in a state ... [Read More]

  • Tree of Life Navajo Rug

    Tree of Life Navajo Rug From the beginning of recorded history man has revered trees as sacred symbols of creation, fertility, resurrection and immortality. With roots firmly planted in the earth, sturdy trunks and branches reaching to the sky, trees were believed to connect the three realms of existence: underworld, terrestrial and celestial. Since the days of Mesopotamia trees such as the palm, ash, beech, oak and pine have been viewed as ladders leading from the unconscious to enlightenment, sheltering canopies for all of creation, shamanic routes to knowledge and pillars between heaven and earth. The Tree of Life Navajo ... [Read More]

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