ENDURING TRADITIONS Art of the Navajo
Lois Essary Jacka and Jerry Jacka
Hardback with slip cover, 1994, 200 pages, beautifully illustrated
Introduction by Barton Wright
The Navajo Way
From the Preface
In selecting art for this book, we relied on the expertise of museum and gallery personnel, traders, judges of Native American art exhibitions, and even artists recommending other artists. We have made every effort to feature the very best of Navajo art. Now we simply place it on stage for you, the audience to judge for yourself. Jerry and Lois Jacka
From the outside cover:
"MY GRANDMOTHER was a weaver, my grandfather was a medicine man. They taught me to see things, to observe," Jack To Baahe Gene remembers. "While I was growing up, they were teaching me art with everything they did. They would say, `See, the trees and plants are moving. They are alive.' We'd look at the clouds and the mountains. Now my art is based on all those things, but clouds are not just clouds anymore. I'm going beyond what my grandparents taught me. I now strive for the soul of clouds and mountains."
1 remember ... The words come up again and again as the Navajo artists in the pages of Enduring Traditions: Art of the Navajo share their art and the dreams behind it. Memories may well be the strength of Navajo culture. In the world of the Dine (the People), everything is interrelated and connected. As artists reach into the past for inspiration, they develop a better understanding of and appreciation for the culture that inspired them in the first place.