Navajo Weavings with Ceremonial Themes: A Historical Overview of a Secular Art Form

9780764353741Navajo Weavings with Ceremonial Themes: A Historical Overview of a Secular Art Form

Weaving is an art form that has been around for centuries. One of my favorite styles is from the Navajo Indians of North America. These gorgeous interlaced creations have fascinated art and history lovers since they were first made. Schiffer Publishing has an fantastic new hard bound book that celebrates this art form and explains the true meaning behind it. “Navajo Weavings with Ceremonial Themes: A Historical Overview of a Secular Art Form” , written by Rebecca M. and Jean-Paul Valette, gives readers a look at a thirty-five year study of Navajo Weavings.

Inside is an incredible collection of over 500 photographs of Navajo Weavings. The depictions show this meaningful art form from its beginning to more recent patterns. Learn about where these beautiful pieces originated, who made them, what they depict and where you can see some of them in person.


Featuring more than 500 photos and maps, this is the first comprehensive, research-based history of Navajo weavings with imagery inspired by tribal sacred practices. These Yei, Yeibichai, and sandpainting textiles have been the most sought after by collectors and the least studied by scholars. In spite of their iconography, they never served a ceremonial function. They were created by Navajo women at the instigation of 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 the genre from its controversial emergence around 1900, to the 1920-1940 period of intense creativity, and concluding with the contemporary search for innovative patterns. Never-before-published weavings, detailed annotations, and an extensive bibliography make this an invaluable reference for scholars and collectors, and a fascinating exploration for all who are interested in the Southwest and its native cultures.

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