Exhibitions : Museum Of Indian Arts & Culture

Spider Woman's Gift
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Based on oral history Spider Woman gave the Diné (Navajo) the gift of weaving. She also instructed Spider Man to build the first loom A textile featured in the exhibit Spider Woman's Gift constructed of wooden vertical and horizontal beams which related to the earth and sky. Other parts of the loom reflected natural phenomena found in nature, such as the sun's rays, rain and lightening. Weaving tools such as battens, combs, and spindles were made with precious stones or shells such as turquoise, coral, jet, and white shell. This exhibition features over 40 Classic Navajo textiles dating between 1860 and 1880, including Chief's wearing blankets, sarapes, woman's dresses, baskets and weaving tools from the permanent collections.

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