Tony Hillerman (1925-2008) published his first book about the Navaho police detective Joe Leaphorn in 1970. While I have read most of Hillerman's books, this one somehow escaped me -- or I didn't remember reading it. I've now made up for that: I read it this week, and I loved it!
|Navaho Wolf Fetish by Stewart Alonzo. In The Blessing Way, a wolf might be|
a witch in disguise, and might suddenly turn into a man.
|Navaho Wolf Kachina by Raymond Parkett|
Date: 1990. Source: PBA Galleries
|Owl depicted on a tiny vase in my collection. An owl might be the spirit of a recently deceased person.|
|Polychrome coyote figure with a rabbit and geometric design|
by Gerardo Tena and Norma Hernandez.
From Mata Ortiz and Casas Grandes Pueblo, sold at Andrea Fisher Gallery.
Coyote and rabbit play a role in several traditional Navaho stories.