Where did People Come From? Consider the Lovely Ladybug.
Ladybugs, evolution and creation are the themes that Jean B. Cly combined in this gorgeous basket she brought into Twin Rocks.
Navajo people believe that, in their earliest forms, they were ants and various bugs. Through the past four worlds they have changed into the people-animals that they are today.
Through her weavings Jean has led us, and taught us, many of the traditional Navajo legends and stories. Wonderful stories that make our world expand and teach us the possibilities of our imaginations and beliefs. We believe learning different stories makes us better people. That it makes us more compassionate beings as we walk this earth we all share.
Thank you, Jean, from the crew at Twin Rocks!
All roads lead to Twin Rocks, in amazing Bluff, UT
Why come and visit us at Twin Rocks? Easy. You’ll have a great time that is completely unique.
The Twin Rocks Trading Post sits just beneath the Navajo Twins geologic formation in the historic pioneer town of Bluff, Utah. Barry and Steve Simpson, local boys, share their passion for cultural tradition and artistic innovation with both artists and visiting collectors.
Open minds and imagination have resulted in a Navajo basketry renaissance. You’ll also discover one of the finest contemporary Native American turquoise jewelry collections in the world. (No kidding!) And, the Twin Rocks Modern Navajo rug is the first Navajo weaving design innovation in decades.
Pop in. There’s always a lively conversation going on about the west of old, contemporary Indian art, and travel exploits. (Tell us yours!)
This is our home. If you have any questions about the Four Corners regional culture and landscape, feel free to ask us. If we don’t know, we’ll point you in the right direction. When you visit us in Bluff, we promise you a top-notch experience in Native American art and hospitality.
Our friendly team is happy to give you an authentic experience that is comfortable, informative and fun. Like many people we have met over the years, we hope you come through our front door as customers and leave as life-long friends. And, you can always give us a buzz at 1-800-526-3448.
Welcome to our part of the planet, friends. Life will never look quite the same way again.
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The Tree of Life — Interview with Navajo Weaver, Rena Begay, Master Weaver of Tree of Life
Unusual Tree of Life Weaving with Birds
The Tree of Life is one of the most unique and interesting among Navajo myths and legends.
It is the story about where the people came from and their beliefs in the progression and movement of life. It also sings about their connections with natural surroundings and the involvement of their gods in daily life. It is the story of who the Navajo people are today and the rhythm of their lives.
Most Tree of Life weavings have a stalk of corn in the center. And, at the base of this stalk, there is a symbol for the emergence of the people into this world. It is a story about the center of life.
Is it any wonder that it is beautiful?
Bugs and birds, flowers and butterflies create flights of fancy in Rena Begay’s “Tree of Life” rugs.
Bugs are about who the Navajo people were in the first creation story. Butterflies represent personal creativity, and birds are our connection with the gods. Flowers are our way of remembering that life is beautiful, and a climbing vine refers to the upward moving way.
These are simple, gorgeous images woven in wool that recall our most basic hopes, wishes and needs. Look closely at this rug… Remember that life is good and smiles upon us all. A true miracle.