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Southern Paiute or possibly Ute Artist
Navajo Wedding Basket, c. 1910
Grass and leaf
x 14 15/16 in. ( x 38 cm)
sumac and yucca leaf
Published in Pomona Today, Spring 1985, p.3, "Native American and European World Views."
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 41-42 (illustrated/bw 41) fig. 108.
The "Navajo wedding basket" is used in many Navajo ceremonies to hold sacred pollen or corn meal. THe triangular designs represent the hills and vallyes of the world and the underwold. The break in the pattern is called shipapu, a word denoting the means of communication between the two worlds, The shaman always uses the basket so that the shipapu faces away from him, aided by the fact that it is indicated by th last wrapping stitches on the basket rim.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1976
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This object has the following bibliographic references:
Native American Art from the Permanent Collection.
Native American Art from the Permanent Collection
Galleries of the Claremont Colleges.
Claremont, CA, 1979
Page Number: 41-42, Figure Number: 108
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