by John Aldrich
This weeks featured rug again shows the Navajo holy people referred to as Yeis. This is a very brightly colored example by Leona Holiday, one of our Elders at Oljato.
Oljato is one of the two food runs that are held in the Utah portion of the vast Navajo reservation. The proximity to Monument Valley means that many of the residents of this area have derived jobs from the tourism business that draws many visitors to the region.
Leona's family has taken part in these activities as well as playing roles in many of the western movies that were made here in years gone by.
When ANE began going to Oljato in 2003, Leona became more active with her weaving again, and her son Leonard also started weaving. Now they are both regulars at our November rug show.
See this 2010 post for more information about the rug catalog.
Notes: Every effort has been made to photograph and present the rugs with as accurate rendition of color as possible. It's not possible, however, to be certain that your computer won't show some variance. Where two prices are listed in the catalog, the higher represents what the weaver hopes to receive and the lower, the minimum she will accept. As has always been the case at ANE all the proceeds of every rug sale go entirely to the weaver. Prices are set by the weaver, and since there is no "middleman" they are typically very reasonable.