Beautiful Navajo Dreams Wrapped in Wool…

O’siyo. There are  so many wonderful events occurring this year in Indian Country  that we’ve decided to combine the updates of  the original Talking Feather  Tribal lesson plans with current news articles. We also wish to thank the teachers who have shown an interest in the new additions!

This week begins the 53rd Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, where acclaimed Navajo weaver Florence Riggs will be  honored as this year’s Signature Artist. See some photos of her beautiful rug weaving below.

Excerpt: Tucson and Phoenix Prep for Major Art and Craft Fairs By Lee Allen ICTMN

“…the Heard Museum Guild in Phoenix will present its two-day Indian Fair and Market, the state’s largest such attraction, on March 2-3.  The theme for this year’s 55th annual event is Weaving Worlds with Wool– a celebration of the weaver’s art.

Navajo Weaver Florence Riggs. Photo:Facebook.

Florence Riggs (Navajo), a member of the Nez weaver family, has been named Signature Artist.  With nearly three decades immersed in the wool arts, Riggs has moved on from traditional tribal patterns characterized by non-representational geometric forms to weaving pictorial items that incorporate depictions of everyday scenes and objects. 

Hogan Lifestyle Rug woven By Artist Florence Riggs. Photo: Twin Rocks Trading Post.

Rare Dinosaur rug woven by Artist Florence Riggs. Photo: Southwestern Souvenirs.

Beautiful Rug woven by Artist Florence Riggs. Photo: R.B. Burnham & Company.

Some of Riggs’ work hangs in Ohio University’s Kennedy Museum of Art, where its curator says Riggs has become known for her highly detailed and often whimsical representations of scenes from reservation life… In paying homage to the Navajo weaving tradition, Riggs will be one of more than 700 of the nation’s most outstanding and successful American Indian artists on hand to interact with the expected 20,000 visitors.

Collectors from around the world arrive early to be first in line to purchase many one-of-a-kind artworks that range from jewelry, pottery, baskets, kachina dolls, textiles, fine art, and more…

Special Event- R.C. Nakai Flute Workshop. Photo-Heard Museum.

Authenticity reigns in an array of American Indian music (including legendary Navajo performer R. Carlos Nakai and his trio that includes Will Clipman and William Eaton), cultural performances, and a variety of Native food favorites ranging from fry and piki bread to posole and Hopi stew.” Learn more…

We urge everyone to attend this wonderful and informative celebration!

“All of my worries ease off, and I’m relaxed and calm…I’m just concentrating on the piece that I’m making. The time that I’m sitting at my rug, that’s my world right there.” ~ Florence Riggs~Navajo Weaver

Related to Navajo Weaving.

Girl Rug Weaver and Her Goats By Arthur C. Begay, Sr., Diné (Navajo), b. 1932. Smithsonian Institution-MAI

Navajo girls preparing the wool for weaving. Photo: Dine Weaving/Vision Quest dvd.