- November 22, 2021
The Navajo Legend speaks about the Spider Woman, who instructed the Navajo women how to weave on a loom which Spider Man told them how to make:
“The cross poles were made of sky and earth cords, the warp sticks of sun rays, the healds of rock crystal and sheet lighting. The batten was a sun halo, white shell made the comb. There were four spindles: one a stick of zigzag lighting with a whorl of cannel coal; one a stick of flash lighting with a whorl of turquoise; a third had a stick of sheet lighting with a whorl of abalone; a rain streamer formed the stick of the fourth, and its whorl was white shell.”
As she sits on the ground of creation, the Navajo woman weaves the blanket of her own world. She uses the resources of her land, she guides herself upon the weather, she weaves under the sun and shade of trees and situates her body within the celestial space of making to draw her everydayness: a woman, a mother and a creator. The blanket of her world becomes both the creation and the tool of survival, within her immediate community and beyond. She passes on the knowledge, the discoveries and the tradition through spoken word, common beliefs and collective forms of artistic compassion. She becomes one with the legend itself, constantly re-weaving, re-imagining it, but always grounded in the love and care for her people, animals and surroundings.
This creation is autonomous, spontaneous and collapses back in full-circle.
This creation encourages us, the mere-mortals, to challenge the visible by drawing the invisible.