ICIK SEMINAR SERIES THE GIFT OF SPIDER WOMAN: Communication in Navajo Weaving Discussion & Display of Navajo Weaving Wednesday, March 28th, 12:00 to 1:00 PM 502 Keller Building Presenter: Dr. Bobbi Toth The Navajo (Diné) have long been known for their hand-woven wool rugs and blankets. The popularity of these rugs and blankets as collectibles by Belagona (non-Navajo) has diminished the understanding of the aesthetic value placed on them by the Navajo. The Diné feeling for hózó (beauty, harmony, balance, order) encompasses far more than the Western concept of “beauty.” Rather than viewing Navajo weaving as a commodity, which categorizes them according to place, time, dimensions and value, the aesthetics of the Diné places emphasis on patterns of relations and interconnections. These patterns are communicated through their weaving. These relationships include but are not limited to such things as the process of weaving, disruptions from the Federal government, intrusions of traders and educators, and that which is held sacred. Dr. Toth has spent over two years working with the Adopt-A-Native Elder Program (www.anelder.org), volunteering her time both on and off the Navajo Reservation. In addition, she has incorporated a service learning project that is designed to help the Diné Elders into her teaching of CAS 250 Small Group Communication.
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