Extra Large Wedding Basket

Native American Indian Handmade Basket
Native American Indian Handmade Basket
$900.00 each

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Diameter: 27 inches

The Navajo Ceremonial basket, also called a Wedding basket, is viewed  as  a  map  through  which  the Navajo  chart  their  lives.  The  central spot  in  the  basket  represents  the sipapu,  where the  Navajo  people emerged from  the  prior world through a reed.  The  inner  coils  of  the basket  are  white  to  represent  birth. As  you travel  outward  on  the  coils you  begin  to  encounter more  and more  black.  The  black  represents darkness,  struggle  and  pain.  As  you make your way through  the  darkness  you  eventually  reach  the  red  bands, which  represent  marriage; the mixing of  your  blood  with  your  spouse  and creation  of  family.  The  red  is  pure. During  this time  there  is  no  darkness. Traveling  out  of  familial  bands  you  encounter  more  darkness, however, the darkness  is  interspersed  with  white  light.  The  light  represents  increasing enlightenment,  which expands  until  you  enter  the  all  white  banding  of  the outer  rim.  This  banding  represents  the spirit world,  where  there  is  no darkness.  The  line  from  the  center  of  the  basket  to  the  outer  rim  is there  to remind  you  that  no  matter  how  much  darkness  you  encounter  in  your  world, there  is always  a  pathway  to  the  light.  This  pathway  during  ceremonies  is always  pointed  east.  The  last coil on  the  basket  rim  is  finished  off  at  this pathway  to  allow  the  medicine  man  to  easily  locate  it  in darkness.