The Navajo Nation is the "official" home of the Navajo People. It is an area surrounding the Four Corners, where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet. It is a spectacularly beautiful area with few roads and some areas of restricted access. It is also a much smaller area than it used to be. Originally, the home of the Navajo was the area bounded by the four sacred mountains. In the 1800s however, the Navajo people were rounded up and force marched to captivity at Bosque Redondo. This became known as "The Long Walk". When the people were allowed to return to their land, their crops had been destroyed, their stock taken and a portion of the land had been seized.
The Long Walk depicts this episode in the life of the Navajo Nation. From the "Place of Origin" in the upper left corner to the gray mist on the right, the people and their way of life slowly moves away.
Spider Woman gave the gift of weaving to the Navajo. My original drawing is on the left. My leather spider woman is on the right.
Below: High Desert Juniper
Corn is an important staple in the traditional Navajo diet and the region is famous for its blue corn. Left: Blue Corn Talisman Box. All parts of the yucca plant are important in the spiritual life of the people. Below right: Yucca Flowers.
This little desert themed pillow was a lot of fun to design.
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