Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

The Euro-American Impact on Navajo Aesthetics

Class

Article

College

Caine College of the Arts

Faculty Mentor

Sandra Charlson

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Traditional Navajo weaving was sparked by the practicality of blankets and textiles in Navajo settlements, but trade and migration pioneered the shifts in what was commonly considered aesthetically pleasing and popular within the artform leading to the quintessential designs of Navajo weavings today. With this research, I have decided to pursue a hands-on research approach – a physical research project created by hand with a written account of the research both supporting my claim of trade impact on the evolution of weaving. I can justify the necessity of the personal project by creating two small weavings using an older technique for the first and a newer, evolved technique for the second. The use of the two smaller weavings will demonstrate change and growth ofthe aesthetics in Navajo weavings and the impact of trade amongst the Great Basin and European Americans.

Location

The North Atrium

Start Date

4-12-2018 12:00 PM

End Date

4-12-2018 1:15 PM

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The Euro-American Impact on Navajo Aesthetics

The North Atrium

Traditional Navajo weaving was sparked by the practicality of blankets and textiles in Navajo settlements, but trade and migration pioneered the shifts in what was commonly considered aesthetically pleasing and popular within the artform leading to the quintessential designs of Navajo weavings today. With this research, I have decided to pursue a hands-on research approach – a physical research project created by hand with a written account of the research both supporting my claim of trade impact on the evolution of weaving. I can justify the necessity of the personal project by creating two small weavings using an older technique for the first and a newer, evolved technique for the second. The use of the two smaller weavings will demonstrate change and growth ofthe aesthetics in Navajo weavings and the impact of trade amongst the Great Basin and European Americans.