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1298-01 Important Navajo Rug, Whirling Log Sandpainting from the Night Chant Ceremony, 1926-1927

With Original handwritten letter by trading post owner LL Sabin as well as from the California owner who commissioned this weaving through Sabin.

Includes the earliest known recorded account of the Navajo whirling log story

Published in The Swastika Symbol in Navajo Textiles, DAI Press 2000. Published in First Edition.

Handspun wool
61 x 63 1/2 inches

Published in The Swastika Symbol in Navajo Textiles, DAI Press 2000. Extensive documentation of this rug is on file including a letter from the trader, Lewis Sabin, to his California buyer in 1927 describing the rug, and on the design, and on who made it and which Medicine Men were involved.. The following is part of that information: " As told by the Navajo medicine man Pete Pnice to the trader Lewis Sabin, Ft. Defiance, Arizona, 1927: "There was once a wanderer whose name was Na Who Di Da He (one who gathers the leavings of others). He was an outcast from his tribe, so after wandering from one place to another and enduring a great many trials and tribulations, he came to the banks of the LaPlatte River. And as he stood there watching the waters flowing by he wondered where they ended. He then decided to find out and, as he had no friends or home ties to keep him, he made up his mind to crawl into a hollow log and float down then river to some distant land where he might find peace and serenity. He then hunted about in the forest until he found a suitable log from which he cut a portion just long enough to hold himself and a few herbs for food on the long journey, but as he worked he heard a voice, as of the wind, whispering, 'Do not do this foolish thing which means only death to you, but wait in this place four days when you will be told what to do and, if you do as you are bid, all will be well with you', all of which advice he decided to accept and sat down to wait. At dawn of the fourth day he was awakened by voices which seemed a long way off. They were chanting, 'Who who ha who', and 'Juanna Juanna', and 'He ya Juanna', and 'HA who ha who', which were the calls of the Haschalti, and Za whu dul zashei, and Ghan is kid di, and Has cha ho gan, all of whom are the most sacred deities, next to God, in the Night Chant of The Navajos. As he listened he saw a light approaching from the horizon and he was afraid, but soon the deities drew near and bade him to be not afraid. They asked him what he was doing in this place and he told them a falsehood. They then insisted that he tell them the truth, after which he told of his life up to the time he had decided to leave the country. After that he was told to make himself clean of the dirt of that country, then, by the sprinkling of the meal by the Haschalti, the wind was made to blow and in a short time there was a hollow log lying close to the bank of the river into which he was to crawl, and was sealed in by the Haschalti. The wind then rolled the log into the river on which he journeyed for four days when he hit a whirlpool and, on looking out of the log through crystals, he saw the emissaries of the Haschalti, a male and female who were called Hascha becca and Hascha beod, and represent the Hascha deities in the Night Chant. Here the log was rolled out of the water and opened by the Hascha people and Nawhodidahe was told to go in peace. He was soon joined by a pet turkey which he had left behind. Now he was not so lonesome and, as the turkey was carrying a bean and three grains of corn, they planted them in a small place. In the morning they found that the fairy people had increased their field to a large place, and in four days' time the crops had matured, and in four more days the corn and beans were harvested for him by the same people. Thus the first two sand paintings of the Night Chant originate, one of the Whirling Log and one of the Garden, and he was then instructed how to prepare these for future use when he should return to his people, when their only use should be in making offerings and in giving thanks to their Maker." Excerpted from pp. 7-8 of The Swastika Symbol in Navajo Textiles by Dennis J. Aigner, Laguna Beach: DAI Press, 2000. More photos on file and available upon request.

Inventory# 1298-01

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