Ganado Navajo Weaving : Elsie Bia : Churro 1324
Here we have Elsie Bia, gifted weaving artist at Spider Rock with her 1st Place Ganado weaving. It's easy to see why this special place is perfect to showcase Elsie's talent. Take a look at the beauty in the detailed photos of this piece.
This weaving is featured in our "Master Weavings of the Navajo Churro Collection" Exhibit at Nizhoni Ranch Gallery, March 2019 and the "Master Weavings of the Navajo Churro Collection" catalog.
|Style||Ganado - Klagetoh|
|Size||52″ x 72″ (4’4″ X 6′)|
|Item #||Churro 1324|
|Award||GANADO – INNOVATIVE DESIGN : 1ST Place 2013 GALLUP INTER-TRIBAL CEREMONIAL|
|Learn more about the Ganado - Klagetoh style of weaving|
We have mentioned how certain weavings were evidence of Spiderwoman's gift to the Dineh, and you've seen Spider Rock at Canyon de Chelly in the backgrounds of several of our photos, but do you understand the meaning? Spiderwoman is not a spider. She is one of the Holy People.
Here's an excerpt from the traditional stories of the Navajo elders about Spiderwoman: "The holy ones gave life to Spider Woman & Spider Man. Only their inner spirits or souls were made. Their physical bodies were made later to contain their spirits, as all animate beings did, when they evolved into future worlds."
"... There were so many strings on the small branch that it seemed it would break off, and then Spider Woman ran the string to another branch on the same tree. After doing this for awhile, she realized she was creating a pattern. She started maneuvering and manipulating the strings into various shapes. At this particular moment, she knew this was the weaving the holy people instructed her to do. Immediately she broke the string with her left hand without hesitation. She sat and thought carefully about how to use her new gift. For the rest of the day she sat close to the tree and wrapped the strings into various patterns on other branches of the small tree."
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