Shiprock Yei Rug – c. 1930

Pictorials have always been a favorite item of the tourist trade. The Yei rugs which display a row of ceremonial figures are often surrounded by the Rainbow Goddess. Although these weavings have no particular religious connotation, they are highly appealing as Navajo art. On the other hand, Sandpainting rugs were forbidden because of their ceremonial importance. It is only since the mid 20th C. that these have been somewhat acceptable to the tribe. The Navajos have always incorporated items in their life into their pictorials. Their daily scenes of life on the Reservation are especially popular.