Coil Baskets of the Navajo
- Many of you are planning basket making units this year.
Sarah Grow - college student- shared this link with me for Navajo coil
http://cfac.byu.edu/moa/?flash=current. Click on the exhibitions link and
go to past exhibitions.
Walk In Beauty: Hózhó and Navajo Basketry
Brigham Young University Museum of Art prsented the exhibition titled, Walk
in Beauty: Hózhó and Navajo Basketry displaying 38 stunning Navajo Baskets,
http://tinyurl.com/m1kg (see if this link takes you there). You will find
six beautiful baskets and six short video clips about the basket makers (I
watched three of them).
It was interesting to me too see how similar they are to my Nigerian basket.
I think basket making is one way to bridge cultures.
Here is information about the exhibit that is easier to read (bigger font):
Brief history of the Navajo:
If you are looking for images for a PowerPoint - you might try this site:
Here is another commercial site that tells a bit about the stories
I generally don't link commercial site up to my site - but thought I would
pass these on to you.
This gives your students a nice summary of Navajo artwork:
This page shows the traditional style described in the article above:
Those of you doing the paper cup weaving and paper plate weaving might want
to look up some Hopi weaving. I did see a couple examples. One is on this
Ancient Nations Gallery:
If anyone does a search for more Hopi baskets - post those to the list.
Oh my - grab a cup of coffee and take a look at these links:
I'll be saving these links for the next time basket making comes up. I am
very interested in putting a lesson plan on Incredible Art Department for
coil baskets. I'll provide the links for the lesson. I would like a couple
of pictures of student work and a description. If you have found any step by
step pictures online - then I can just link to that.
College students - if you land on a site that has images you think you would
want for a PowerPoint later - you might want to save them to file, now.
Sites have a tendency to change. Just be sure to save the information for
the pictures, too (artist, title, date etc). We had a long discussion on
Copyright just a short time ago.
Links for telephone wire coil baskets are already on the site.
Judy Decker - Ohio
Incredible Art Department
P.S. for Sarah - there are many more sites out there for Navajo Culture -
now you can have fun adding onto your resources.