4History of the NavajoThe Navajo call themselves Diné, which means “the People”.According to archeologists, they were travelers who decided to settle in the Southwest near the Pueblo Indians in the 1500s.
6Along came a spider…The Navajo believe they were created by the Spider Woman when the world was created.The Spider Woman started with the sky, and wove the earth, the rivers, and everything else into it.She taught the first women to weave, and they taught their daughters.
7Women in Charge The Navajo respect their women very much Traditionally, women owned the house, land, and animals
8Animal TalesNature is an important part of the lives and beliefs of the Navajo People.They even believe that beavers and coyotes helped the first people build the first Hogan, which is their home.
9Why do you think Nature is important to the Navajo?
10Hard TimesThe Navajo have had many battles with their neighbors such as the Pueblo, the Mexicans, and the Spanish colonistsThe women and children were kidnapped and sold into slavery
11Hard TimesThey were even kicked out of their homes and off their land, as they were forced to march 300 miles by Americans in 1864
12Tough People They never gave up on who they were They made friends with their neighbors as they learned to trade goodsThe Americans gave them back their land
13TodayMany Navajo people live on their land called Reservations and create art to sell such as jewelry, pottery and Fiber Art
14It’s art that is made of fibers What is Fiber Arts?It’s art that is made of fibers
15What is Fiber?Fiber is material like cotton or grass that is turned into yarn or threadThe Navajo commonly use wool from their sheep
16Kinds of Fiber ArtWeaving is one kind where you can make objects such as blankets, rugs, or baskets.
17Why do you think weaving is important to the Navajo people?
18Kinds of Fiber ArtsEmbroidery is another kind of Fiber Art where you sew to make pictures.Do you think this was made by a Navajo?
19Elements of ArtFiber Art usesTextureShapeColorLineValue
20Fiber Art has Texture Texture is something you feel with your hands How would these feel?
30The Navajo people created wonderful Art that is important to us. ConclusionThe Navajo people created wonderful Art that is important to us.They thought about the Elements of Art and Principles of Design as they made their work.