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According to Navajo Medicine man, John Holiday, ceremonial baskets tell the story of the Southwest and when the world was created. From John Holiday, Monument Valley, Utah, April 16, 2001:
“Before the earth was created as we know it now, there were the jewel baskets–one of white shell, one of turquoise,one of jet, one of abalone, and two others. When First Manand First Woman were created, then the regular ceremonial basket came after these baskets. This ceremonial basket is all of the jewel baskets combined into one.”
It’s true. The original of the ceremonial basket reaches back into the deepest parts of Navajo history. The basket’s place is firmly embedded in the first stories of the people…
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