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male sexual organs although this practicve
has been curtailed in recent years. Today,
he is considered the ambassaor of the
Southwest, a much less colorful job, by
tourists and visitors.
The Twins
, depicted in almost every
emergence/creation story among the
Southwestern Indian people. The twins
are usually depicted as boys or small men
who heroically overcam great odds to
protect the people from monsters, drought,
attack from other beings, animals, or
many other problems. They illustrate the
concept of duality: in life, in the natural
world, everything exists in balance --
male/female, large/small, light/dark,
good/evil. Here they are depicted as
Father Sky/Mother Earth, from a Navajo
sand painting
The Hand
, represents the presence of
man, his work, his acheivements, his
legacy. It also represents the direction of
the creative spirit through a man, as a
vessel for the Creators power.
Patterns....
Weaving Pattern
, (Klagetoh Community
Style) Navajo weavers create beautiful,
bold patterns which are at least partially
derived from the physical limitations of the
vertical loom. These patterns are often
found in other arts, such as jewelry or
pottery. They often combine many
symbols of the natural world.
Weaving Pattern
, (Storm Style), Navajo.
Many of the Navajo patterns are followed
closely by weaving families, while other
designs are created fresh each time. Some
designs are also similar to designs seen in
Plains Beadwork and painting.