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This is a partial version of the Night Skies Navajo Sandpainting weaving from the Shooting Way Chant Way. Navajo weaver Arnold Begay, from the Newcomb area chose to simplify his Navajo Sandpainting weaving, but he included some great pictorial elements. Mother Earth and Father Sky.
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This antique Yei has a very unusual design. The Yei figures represent prayer sticks, Pahos. They are the guardians. Pahos would be in the four corners in a Sandpainting.
From the 1920s, this Yei weaving is hand dyed red, and natural brown/black. It is finely woven from Merino cross wool.
It would make a wonderful addition to any colle...
From the Night Way Chant this is Sandpainting weaving is called "Water Sprinklers"
According to a catalog from the Wheelwright Museum, Gladys Manuelito (Mrs. Sam) wove this classic Sandpainting in 1930's, decades later it was also woven by Ruby Manuelito.
During the 1990s Martha Beall wove her own adaptation of Mrs. Sams work. This weaving i...
Nightway Sandpainting with a folk art feel. Wonderful detail featuring a Yei, patient and Mediccine man. The patient is wrapped in a blanket and looks to be dancing.
Hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed native wool was used. Beautiful variegated brown/gray background wool. exquisite!
This piece was featured in our Woven Holy People galler...
This is a very early Sandpainting weaving. The one large Yei surrounding the inner 4 figures is the Rainbow Yei. The inner Yei figures are female (because of their square heads) and are holding up Medicine Pouches and Bows with stylized feathers on the ends. Within each Medicine Pouch is a stylized Rainbow Bar. Rainbows are a symbol of all good...
This is an extremely rare, and most unusual Yei weaving standing over 8 feet tall!
It is a female Yei, woven with a beautiful light gray background, and has vibrant bright red, deep black and cream wool in the design. A lovely stepped border stands between two spiderwoman cross borders. This is an amazing piece of art.
We showcased this piece ...
A Spiderwoman cross border protects the weaver of this one-of-a-kind depiction of Yei Be Chei dancers from a Nightway Ceremony.
The colors in this piece are so bright and vibrant against the dark night sky. This piece was brought to life using all hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed native wool. It is an exceptional piece in condition, colo...
Storm Pattern Pictorial
We've show this rug on the floor (see photo) and it's gorgeous. But when you see it hanging on the wall, you notice so many more fascinating details.
This weaving is in the Storm Pattern style. There are four identical corner elements (feathers) connected by lines (lightning) to a central rectangle showing creation story scene images with whirli...
From our Woven Holy People collection, take a look at this beautiful Dragonfly Yei Sandpainting weaving. It dates from the 1900-1910 and was created using all hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed Merino wool. It originated in the Teec Nos Pos area.
EXCEEDING RARE - ONE OF A KIND IMAGEIn the center of this rug you see a square-headed female Drag...
Protected by a border of arrow fletchings on all sides, Yei Dancers prepare to dance in a healing ceremony. Talking God with all of the feathers on his head wears a deer pelt as a sash and carries a weasel skin. The dancers are all male with the exception of the female with the square head in the center. The male dancers are adorned with fox...
During Healing Ceremonies, the medicine man chants to summon the spirits. In this weaving we see Talking God (lots of feathers) and three Yei Be Che dancers at a ceremony. Floating heads depict the spirits that have been summoned. At the feet of the dancers we see small yei figures.
Woven in the Teec Nos Pos area the rich browns were ob...
Most likely this piece was woven in the Two Grey Hills area of the Navajo reservation. Showcased in the center of the piece is a Yei Be Chei Dancer. He is wearing a squash blossom necklace and just a hint of red in his footwear.
The beautiful hooked shapes in the borders of this design show how the Navajo were influenced by the designs seen i...