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Navajo Sandpainting Basket

Alicia Nelson Black

About The Navajo Sandpainting Basket

"We (Navajos) use this sandpainting design in ceremnies to heal the soul and mind.  

In the middle is Father Sky, Stars, MilkWay and Darkness.

The Four Directional colors with all living plants (Root).

The rainbow represents protection for the plants and the Gods (Yeis).

The sacred plants are squash, corn, tobacco, and beans.

We ask the Gods (Yeis) who are in the North, South, East, and West to heal us.  We ask the Sacred Plants in the North, South, East, and West to help us heal with our souls and minds."  Alicia's explanation for this basket handwritten 

Savvy Price $1,800.00

Gallery Price $2,200.00

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"We (Navajos) use this sandpainting design in ceremnies to heal the soul and mind.  

In the middle is Father Sky, Stars, MilkWay and Darkness.

The Four Directional colors with all living plants (Root).

The rainbow represents protection for the plants and the Gods (Yeis).

The sacred plants are squash, corn, tobacco, and beans.

We ask the Gods (Yeis) who are in the North, South, East, and West to heal us.  We ask the Sacred Plants in the North, South, East, and West to help us heal with our souls and minds."  Alicia's explanation for this basket handwritten 

About the Artist (Born 1975, Navajo)  Born at Shiprock, New Mexico, Alicia married Jonathan Black.  Mary Black, her mother-in-law taught Alicia how to gather and process the materials for basket weaving.  Her designs stem from a reverence for Navajo symbols.  The arrangement of her pictorial elements are entirely inventive, unique to her personal aesthetic.  

1 1/2 pages are devoted to telling Alicia's story as a basket weaver in Schaaf's book American Indian Baskets I, 1,500 Biographies.  Six of her dynamically designed trays enhance her biography--an unusual number devoted to just one weaver in this publication.
Culture American Indian, Navajo, Women Artists
Style Nostalgic American Indian
Medium Yucca and sumac
Size 18" diameter X 3" height
Coil count 4 per inch
Stitch count 8 per inch
Signed attached tag identifies weaver
Date of creation Circa 2008
Condition Mint !
Provenance B Nib