Monday, April 29, 2013

An Afternoon with Mary Black and Family......

Mary Black...the adorable lady in purple in this photograph, was in Salt Lake City yesterday at the Museum of Natural History along with various members of her family, including her cute daughter Sally (in red).  Our wonderful museum had an on-going Basket Weaving Expo that had started back in January, and came to a close yesterday afternoon.  Mary, along with her son Andersen, daughters Lorraine, Sally, and Peggy were there for the final day sharing their basket weaving skills and techniques, along with their charming personalities, and fun stories about life on the Res. and how they came up with some of their unique ideas for their one of a kind creations!
 We first met Mary back in the late 70's when we went to her home to purchase some of her beautiful basketry. Her work  and her reputation have evolved over the years...and anyone who collects or appreciates Native American baskets would place her name right at the top of the list as one of the all time great basket weavers! We had a wonderful time chatting and catching up, and checking out their stunning baskets!  Wish I could have purchased every one of them!  My Navajo spelling is not the greatest...but I would like to say
" A-keh-hey"
Thank the Black family for their outstanding contribution to the art of
 traditional basket weaving!