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This is a unique take on the fire dancers that are part of the Navajo Mountain Way Ceremony. Usually Mountain way dancers are depicted in weavings with true faces, not masks as in this weaving. It also has many rainbow yei elements.
Hand spun wool.
Yei / Yei Be Chei
49″ x 73″
Yei be Chei Navajo rug. This Navajo weaving features a Gallegos dancer. Holding a gourd rattle on one hand and a spruce twig in the other. The conical nose is a breathing tube shaped from the neck of a gourd. He also has a fancy concho belt where his fox belt is attached. Sacred corn plants encircle this special dancer.
Yei / Ye...