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"Yei-Be-Che" Navajo Weaving, by Bessie Yazzie


Woven by Bessie Yazzie in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

About this rug, Bessie wrote, "(Spiritual Grandfathers) Grandfathers of the gods. This type of rug design represents the human personification of the Yei or deities. They are participants in a Navajo healing ceremony known as the Night Way Chant."

Bessie Yazzie's Yei-Be-Che weaving measures a generous 24 × 37 inches (60.9 × 93.9 cm). It is made of tightly woven 100% wool.

Given Dr. Barnes's belief in the power and importance of the aesthetic principles of light, line, color, and form, it is easy to see why he incorporated textiles into his growing collection. The intricate patterns and shapes woven into tapestries and fabrics are a perfect complement to the lines, colors, and forms echoed in art of all mediums arranged on the gallery walls. Dr. Barnes collected Navajo rugs, as well as other items from the Navajo, Zuni and Apache tribes during a tour of New Mexico during the winter of 1929-1930.