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Weaving a Revolution

January 12 - April 28, 2013

Weaving a Revolution: A Celebration of Contemporary Navajo Baskets is the story of a design revolution that has been underway for the past thirty years along the Utah Strip of the Navajo reservation.  A cluster of families—the Blacks, Bitsinnies, and Rocks—quietly continued the Navajo tradition of ceremonial basket-making generations after basketry died out elsewhere in the region.

Weaving a Revolution features more than 150 works of art created over the past thirty years by basket makers from the Monument Valley, Utah area.  Today, they make traditional ceremonial baskets as they always have, but have also created an explosion of design and imagery enthusiastically embraced by both the international art market and fellow Navajos who are aware of this work. Swirling with geometric patterns, stylized plants and animals, and the sacred beings of origin stories, the baskets pay tribute to the past, preserve tradition, and honor creativity.

Presented by Zions Bank

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