Marilyn Begay, Navajo Tree Of Life Rug, Thirty Three Birds, Handwoven, 41" x 51"
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|Rug Dye Type||Aniline Dye (commercial wool)|
|Rug Navajo Pattern||Tree of Life|
|Rug Time Period||Modern (Post 1950)|
Before the trains started coming to this part of the world and businesses like the Fred Harvey Company started selling Navajo jewelry to the masses, most people back east didn't know anything of the Navajo. Traders like JB Moore would be one of the first to introduce the art of the Navajo to collectors back east, rugs not silver. He put together a catalog of different weavings that would be sold in large quantities. More Traders would begin to introduce Navajo weavings and even influence certain styles. Today this tradition is carried on by the Trading Posts. We have a large collection of weavings from classic Ganado Reds to Germantown Revivals. Also, old antiques that have the character that goes with age to the new contemporary weavings. Enjoy looking through our online collection, and remember if you don't see what you are looking for we have many more in the Post.
Contemporary Navajo Tree of Life rugs usually depict an upright cornstalk growing from a Navajo Wedding basket, the sacred basket whose center represents the Navajo point of emergence. The cornstalkÕs green leaves shelter and support birds and creatures from the animal kingdom. The Navajo walk in balance and interconnectedness with all beings. ÒWe learned our songs from the birds,Ó an elder medicine man said. ÒWe learned our music, our voices, from the birds.Ó The yellow tassels at the top of the cornstalk represent sacred pollen. Corn pollen is prayer to the Navajo. ÒYou put some in your mouth for your voice,Ó the elder said, Òthe voice you speak. Then you put some on the top of your head for the oxygen that has come into you. And then you sprinkle the corn pollen forward, where you want to go. In the old days we used to pray with corn pollen that had been dusted on the tail of a bluebird. That was high medicine.Ó Corn pollen is also seen as light, luminosity. ÒThe pollen at the tassel tip is hit by the sun Ð ZAP! Ð like lightning,Ó the medicine man said.