Native American Navajo Made Soft Sculpture Ornaments
Native American Navajo Made Soft Sculpture Ornaments by Peter Ray James
These wonderful soft sculptures are created by Peter Ray James, a Navajo man who hand sews these small ornaments and stuffs them, then paints various designs on the pieces, finishing them by tying small branches to their sides or backs. Each one is unique in design and painted colors. All are handcrafted here in the southwestern United States. Each piece is signed.
The Bear is believed to be very powerful and capable of curing illness. Bear is also considered a great warrior.
Yei bi chai. This figure is intended as a replica of the Navajo Talking God, the leader of the Yeibichai dancers who wear masks of the Yei and appear on the ninth and last night of the Navajo's Nightway healing ceremony. The Hopi stage a Navajo Katsina Dance on First and Third Mesas led by this Katsina. The corn plant signifies life and a prayer for a rich harvest.
The horse or burro is a beast of burden and regarded as a member of the family for Native people.
The buffalo is powerful medicine and reminds us of abundance.
Peter Ray James--Orn