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Yei Hero Twins depicting flint, lighting, and arrows used to slay the monsters. Due to the highlighting it was likely woven in the Red Mesa area.Most unusual and extremely well woven. Hand carded and hand spun Lincoln wool, Aniline dyes. This was showcased the Painting with Wool gallery exhibit. You can see the photos and program guide here....
Marian Nez born in 1967, is Helene and Cindy’s older sister. She was taught to weave by her mother and grandmother. A master weaver, she has won many awards and her weavings have been exhibited in the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg.
This particular piece is just spectacular. Woven in a contemporary Bistie style, with a central e...
This pristine Hero Twin Pictorial is vibrant and unusual. Attached with a lead seal is the original certificate of authenticity. This paper tag was attached to all Navajo rugs beginning in 1937. It stated for the consumer that the product was a Navajo all-wool woven fabrics and was used by the government as a certificate of genuineness. We...
This is beautiful Double Saddle was woven with purpose and presence. In the center is a Navajo woman and a male Foxtail Yei be Chei dancer. Possibly woven in the Crystal area. Hand carded, hand spun and hand dyed native wool. Plate 26 in the Navajo Horseman catalog. Page 36 in the Painting with Wool Navajo Pictorial catalog.
Sandpainting weavings are created by a small number of weavers.The skill has been passed down by Hosteen Klah, a powerful medicine man. In this piece from the Beautyway Ceremony, the artist used germantown yarns for the bright colors, but used hand-carded, hand-spun native wool elsewhere.
The weaver intentionally create differences(mistakes)in ...
This is a beautiful sandpainting weaving featuring Mother Earth (on the left) and Father Sky (on the right) from the Shooting way chant. The bottom figures depict the Great Figures. Horns of power appear on their heads, The masks are outlined in red to indicate the life and power within.
At the top of the weaving are Yei Be Chei dancers who ar...
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...
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...
Teec Nos Pos
Emily Malone is the Master weaver behind this gorgeous Teec Nos Pos Pictorial Yei weaving. A beautiful border of Arrow fletchings on a field of deep burgundy surround the central design. Stylized squash blossoms create an intricate maze around the central diamond which encases a Holy Girl Yei.
They were woven with naturally dyed silk. The re...
Hero Twins Crystal, hand-carded, hand-spun and hand-dyed wool. Monster Slayer represents protective, impulsiveness and aggressive behavior. Born of Water - represents of care, caution, preparedness.This piece was featured in our Woven Holy People gallery exhibit. To view the exhibit guide, click here.
Yei / Yei Be Chei
Female Yei weaving standing over 8 feet tall! It is a female Woven with beautiful light gray background, vibrant red, deep black and cream wool in the design. A lovely stepped border stands between two Spider woman cross borders. This was showcased the Woven Holy People gallery exhibit. You can see the program guide here.
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Each features the same diagonal body coloring, medicine bundles, feet treatment, feather banners, and streamer dangles. If not woven by the same person, the weavers were closely related. It was woven with all hand-carded, hand-spun, hand-dyed native wool.
Both weavings are from the Lukachukai area, and were featured in our Woven Holy People exhi...
A most unusual and beautiful Yei piece! Female Yeis with elongated torsos are the focal point of this piece. Each carry rainbow bar streamers, and rainbow bars float in the space between them.
This weaving is from the turn of the century woven from all hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed Merino wool. This weaving played part in the Woven...
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...
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...
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...
All Yei and Yei Be Chei weavings are very special. We have two pairs of Male and Female Yeis dancing while holding blankets. There are rainbow bars floating all around them indicating these dancers are surrounded by good luck and prosperity. A "spirit" line is prominent in this piece. Woven using all hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed nat...
This is a great example of a weaver combining two styles - the Yei / Yei Be Che weaving with the Storm Pattern design.
There are 3 Female Yeis in the center of the storm pattern which is surrounded by Male Yeis and Medicine man, depiction of a healing ceremony. All hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed native wool.
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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...
This weaving was featured in the Woven Holy People Exhibit (2016). You can see the exhibit guide here.
Male and female Yeis, male Yeis have foxtails hanging from their waist. The date on the weaving tells us it was probably commissioned for the 1939 World’s Fair, as weaving demonstrations were often part of the World’s Fairs during this time....
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 / Yei Be Chei