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This basket was made to be used in a Diné (Navajo) wedding ceremony.

The circular design of the basked relates to the Diné story of creation.

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Diné Wedding Basket Label: Diné (Navajo), Southwestern region (United States), Basket, 20th century, Plant fiber, Gift of Mrs. C. C. Bovey 42.18.140

This basket was used in a traditional Diné (Navajo) wedding ceremony. In the Diné (Navajo) creation story the first people emerged from the center of the earth. The circular design on the basket emphasizes the center, which represents that place. The black triangles probably symbolize mountains, and the red areas are rays of the sun.

Navajo tribal web site:

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