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Weaving a World: Textiles and the Navajo Way of Seeing: Textiles and the Navajo Way of Seeing Paperback – November 1, 1996

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Professors who have written widely on Navajo culture, the authors let Navajos speak for themselves, explaining how their rugs and blankets are related to their culture and mythology. Navajo unity with the earth and their harmony in life is shown in the symbols found in rugs, specifically in 70 illustrated here. Other photos of the landscape illustrate parallels with rug design. A new discovery is that weavers put tiny, barely visible slivers of animal skin or feathers or pouches of sacred pollen in the weft to insure strength or skill or to secure blessings. This is not a how-to book?go to Charles Amsden's Navaho Weaving: Its Technique and History (Rio Grande, 1964) for that?and myths are mentioned but not given in full. Still, this catalog, which accompanies Santa Fe's Museum of Indian Arts and Culture exhibit "Listening to Rugs," is a good introduction to the beauty and worth, both spiritual and artistic, of Navajo weaving.?Gay Neale, Southside Virginia Community Coll. Lib, Alberta
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Navajo weavings have long been highly regarded for their aesthetic beauty and great degree of technical expertise. Literature and linguistics are areas of knowledge that Zolbrod and Willink bring to this truly illuminating study of patterns and symbols found in Navajo textiles and their significance. Seventy works are included, gathered from New Mexico's Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, along with photographs chronicling the lives of contemporary weavers and the sacred landscapes that provide inspiration. Zolbrod's keen observations meld with collaborator Willink's understanding of Navajo culture to present an exhilarating perspective--the notion of "listening with the eye." A fascinating, splendid book that also serves to document the exhibit, "Listening to Rugs." Alice Joyce

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0890133077
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Museum of New Mexico Press; 1St Edition (November 1, 1996)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 132 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780890133071
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0890133071
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.27 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10 x 0.5 x 8.25 inches
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