Yei Be Chei - Harvey Era : Historic : GHT 2211

Fred Harvey was a visionary.  As railroads made their way across the country, travelers had to make due with poor food on their journey.  Fred established eating and lodging establishments along the route and entered into a brilliant agreement with the Santa Fe Railroad.  He built all along the south west with a different hotel and restaurant located every 100 miles or so. In addition to the necessity genius he showed, he had a entrepreneurial spirit.

Genteel travelers from high society had never been exposed to Native American culture and became eager consumers of pottery, arts, jewelry, baskets, and rugs. Travel to the southwest became very alluring as he worked to change the impression of the wild Indian to a peaceful and skilled artisan. After Harvey died in 1901 his family carried on his amazing legacy. 

This handsome Ye Be Chei piece is of the Fred Harvey Era. It was created as a souvenir for the tourist industry.  The bright orange and turquoise are as vibrant today as they were over 85 years ago. 

This piece was featured in our Woven Holy People exhibit.  You can view the Exhibit guide here.  

Style Yei / Yei Be Chei
Weaver Unknown Navajo
Date circa 1930s
Size 62″ x 50″ (1.57M x1.27M)
Item # GHT 2211
Learn more about Yei and Yei Be Chei weavings

A unique blend of history, Native American culture and storytelling make these weavings an art like no other.

To be showcased on your walls or grace your floors, this functional heirloom is one-of-a-kind piece of history that took 100's of hours to create and will last many lifetimes. We'd love to tell you more about it!

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