Pictorial tapestry

Maker and role
Maker: Navajo, Native American
Year
ca. 1925

Media/materials
Wool, dyed and natural color yarns
Credit line
Gift of Leona Ream Storm
Accession number
1975.9
Location
Further information
By the 1840s Navajo weavers were making pictorial textiles, such as this one, for trade and sale. These weavings may depict birds, vegetation, animals, trains, people, or Navajo cultural scenes. The Navajo believe that the eagle is the favorite of the Great Spirit and, thus, able to communicate knowledge and wisdom to humans. The coloration of the eagle's feathers - part light and part dark - symbolize the duality of life: daylight and darkness, summers and winter, peace and war, life and death.
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