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Navajo Weavings with Ceremonial Themes: A Historical Overview of a Secular Art Form by Rebecca M. Valette Details

This site contains more than 500 photos and maps, the first comprehensive history based research of the Navajo texture with images inspired by sacred tribal practices. The Yei, Yeibichai and…

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This site contains more than 500 photos and maps, the first comprehensive history based research of the Navajo texture with images inspired by sacred tribal practices. The Yei, Yeibichai and sandpainting textiles were the most sought after by the collectors and the least studied by scientists.

Despite the icons, they never served a ceremonial function. Created by the Navajo women at the instigation of the Anglo traders, for sale to wealthy collectors willing to pay premium prices for their perceived spiritual symbolism.

This book describes the historical and artistic development of this type of controversial appearance around 1900, to the 1920-1940 period of intense creativity, and the conclusion of contemporary research on innovative patterns. The previously unpublished text, detailed annotations, and extensive bibliography make this an invaluable reference for researchers and collectors, and an astonishing exploration of all those interested in the Southwest and its indigenous cultures..

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