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Sunset. Fire. Rainbow. Drawing on such common occurrences of light, Navajo artists have crafted an uncommon array of design in colored glass beads. Beadwork is an art form introduced to the Navajos through other Indian and Euro-American contacts, but it is one that they have truly made their own. More than simple crafts, Navajo beaded designs are architectures of light. Ellen Moore has written the first history of Navajo beadwork—belts and hatbands, baskets and necklaces—in a book that examines both the influence of Navajo beliefs in the creation of this art and the primacy of light and color in Navajo culture. Navajo Beadwork: Architectures of Light traces the evolution of the art as explained by traders, Navajo consultants, and Navajo beadworkers themselves. It also shares the visions, words, and art of 23 individual artists to reveal the influences on their creativity and show how they go about creating their designs. As Moore reveals, Navajo beadwork is based on an aggregate of beliefs, categories, and symbols that are individually interpreted and transposed into beaded designs. Most designs are generated from close observation of light in the natural world, then structured according to either Navajo tradition or the newer spirituality of the Native American Church. For many beadworkers, creating designs taps deeply embedded beliefs so that beaded objects reflect their thoughts and prayers, their aesthetic sensibilities, and their sense of being Navajo—but above all, their attention to light and its properties. No other book offers such an intimate view of this creative process, and its striking color plates attest to the wondrous results. Navajo Beadwork: Architectures of Light is a valuable record of ethnographic research and a rich source of artistic insight for lovers of beadwork and Native American art.

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Navajo Beadwork: Architectures of Light is the first history of Navajo beadwork and includes 38 color plates and 23 artist interviews that explore the creative process, how beadworkers base designs on the light and colors of nature, and the ways in which beadwork imagery incorporates Navajo culture.

About the Author

Ellen Moore is Curator of Education at the Roswell Museum and Art Center.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816522866
Author:
Moore, Ellen K.
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Location:
Tucson
Subject:
General
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Beadwork
Subject:
Beads & Beading
Subject:
American - Native American
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Textile Arts - General
Subject:
Navajo beadwork
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Navajo, Arts
Subject:
Art - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
v. 1
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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