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Weaving Stories: Navajo Baskets as Expressions of Contemporary Navajo Culture
Carol Edison describes the renaissance in Navajo basketry that arose in Douglas Mesa as the most vibrant community-based traditional art she encountered during the 33 years she worked as a folklorist for the state of Utah. Utah’s Navajo basket weavers have taken their art form to unprecedented new levels creating art that is unbelievably innovative in both its artistry and in the way it functions as an expression of culture and heritage. Join Edison to discover the unparalleled beauty of these baskets, the creativity of their makers, and the insight these works of art provide into contemporary Navajo culture.
Carol Edison is a highly-respected folklorist and skilled at interpreting Utah’s folk art for the public. She has researched, written about, given lectures on, and curated Navajo baskets since the early 1990s. She edited Willow Stories: Utah Navajo Baskets and curated a traveling exhibit of contemporary Navajo baskets of the same name.