New Museum Exhibit Opens Friday April 19th!

“Weaver’s Trail: Honoring Navajo Weaving at Dinnébito Trading Post”

EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION 

Friday April 19th 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (MST)

6 N. Lake Powell Blvd. Page, Arizona

A new exhibit celebrating the artistic development, diversity of textiles, and industrious nature of the Navajo weavers at Dinnébito Trading Post from the 1960s through the 1990s will open at the Powell Museum on Friday April 19, 2013. The exhibit highlights the remarkable transition from striped saddle blankets to intricately woven designs from the Elijah Blair Family collection.

The weavers who lived and traded near Dinnébito, Arizona, were incredibly adaptive. Their work reflects the changing needs and demands of the market over time. The industrious and innovative nature of the weavers, as well as encouragement from Elijah Blair and Dinnébito Trading Post staff, led to the progression of designs and styles.  Unlike many well-known weaving communities which developed a single style such as Ganado and Two Grey Hills, the Dinnébito weavers skillfully weaved a variety of styles using the same traditional techniques and processes to create spectacular, award-winning textiles.

Navajo weaving now and throughout history has been perhaps the most valued and sought after textile product of the American Southwest. The aesthetic beauty, unique stylistic changes, and sensible use of Navajo woven textiles combine to make them magnificent pieces of functional art. In many ways, weaving reflects the adaptation, survival, and transformation of a people. Weavers Sadie Cardy, Rose Dan Begay, Eunice Manson, Etta Woody, Lena Woody, Mary Shepherd, Sandy Nez, and Faye Furcap Begay are represented in the exhibit.

Elijah Blair began his career in the 1940s at Toadlena Trading Post, Mexican Water Trading Post, and Aneth Trading Post. In 1960, Elijah purchased Dinnébito Trading Post located northwest of the Hopi mesas. He and his wife Claudia currently own Blair’s Dinnébito Trading Post in Page, Arizona, and the Blair family continues to support weavers and other Native American artisans from the Four Corners region.  In 2013, Elijah and Claudia Blair will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary as well as 65 years in the trading post business.

An exhibit opening reception will be held at the Powell Museum Friday April 19th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Powell Museum at (928) 645-9496.

Dinnebito Trading Post, c.1960. Powell Museum Archives, Elijah Blair Collection.

 

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