Woven lives, weavers' voices: A family of Dine weavers speak about Dine textiles

Abstract:
This research documents and discusses the reactions of a family of Diné (Navajo) weavers who were asked to examine selected Diné textiles in the Arizona State Museum's collection. Although the ways Diné weavers perceive their creations is not the focus of many studies, this research explores their aesthetics to gain a greater understanding of the weaving tradition. Building on cross-cultural interviewing techniques that originally used photographs, this study uses a selection of museum textiles to explore Diné aesthetics. The results address Diné weavers' views of the meanings and changes in Diné textile designs, the significance of the process of weaving, and the motivational forces that fuel this tradition.

Author: 

Cathy Notamicola

Chair: 

Eileen Luna Firebaugh

Publication: 

thesis

Year: 

2001

Arizona State Museum: 

M9791 N68

Proquest: 

ATT 1406378

UA Library: 

E9791 2001 276
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences