Navajo Yeibichai Pictorial Textile

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Navajo Yeibichai Pictorial Textile

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Unusual Navajo Yeibichai pictorial weaving
c.1935-1940s
34" x 56"

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American Indian Antique Art
Annandale, VA
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703-801-2565

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This Yeibichai pictorial weaving is unusual in that it's beautiful background "camel brown" color is provided by natural colored [un-dyed] camel brown sheep wool--this is a relatively rare Navajo sheep natural wool color, and is prized by weavers using Navajo sheep wool for their weavings instead of commercially produced and spun yarns. So for the Navajo weaver to have used this rare camel brown sheep wool in this weaving means she put extra value on this weaving.

This 34" x 56" Navajo Yeibichai pictorial weaving was shown as figure 6.5.18 on p.268 of the 2017 book, "Navajo Weavings With Ceremonial Themes", written by Rebecca & Jean Paul Valette. According to their research, this specific weaving dates from 1935 to the 1940s.

Yeibichai weavings are a unique & delightful form of "American Folk Art". Yeibichai weavings have no Navajo "religious" or "ceremonial" purpose--rather, they are purposely-inaccurate representations of portions of the Navajo "Nightway" religious/healing ceremony. This specific weaving depicts "Talking God" leading a group of 8 male dancers. The Valettes' 2017 book, "Navajo Weavings with Ceremonial Themes", has a wealth of information on the history, evolution, & nature of Navajo weavings that have "ceremonial" themes, but no ceremonial or religious significance or use.