Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Native American Biography: Hosteen Klah: Navajo Medicine Man and Weaver

Hosteen Klah was a bit of an enigma, as he was a medicine man as well as a weaver.  Medicine Man is generally a male function in the Navajo culture, while weaver was generally a female function.  He combined the two by weaving designs of sacred sand paintings into his weavings.  At the time this was considered sacrilegious by many, and still by some today.  Being a medicine man he was able to do as he wished. Most of the furor would go away after the weavings were sold off the reservation.  He showed weavings at two World Fairs.

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