Yei Dragonfly Pictorial Navajo Weaving : Historic : GHT 2086

Little Wind, Nilth Chizzie, is an informer who guides the prophets in their search for knowledge. He is more or less the same symbol as the "Dontso" or "Don Tso" (Messenger Fly) who also takes the part of the informant and guide.  The "Dontso," the dragonfly, the corn beetle, the butterfly, the cicada, and other flying insects are drawn with straight bodies, masked faces, and with the legs, arms, and wings making long slim triangles.  The ability to move through the air seems to depend on wings and is indicated by upper arms and upper legs.  For  feet, they have either the claws of a bug, or cloud symbols. (A Study of Navajo Symbolism, Franc Johnson Newcomb, 1956, p 29)

Dragonflies and other water insects are seen as guardians and messengers of warnings and wisdom from the deities.  The Dragonfly is seen in many sandpaintings, especially those from the Male Shootingway and Blessing ceremony. 

This is a magnificent piece of art. The artist of this weaving used many sectional or "lazy lines" in the piece to simulate fluttering movement from the wings of the dragonflies. Woven from beautiful Lincoln wool, the colors are all natural with the exception of the bold red.

This piece was featured in our Woven Holy People exhibit.  See it in the exhibit guide here.  

Style Yei / Yei Be Chei
Weaver Unknown Navajo
Date circa 1920-30s
Size 41 1/2″ x 73″ (1.05M  x 1.854M)
Item # GHT 2086
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