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The Tree of Life — Interview with Navajo Weaver, Rena Begay, Master Weaver of Tree of Life
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.