The Yei is regarded as a supernatural being by the Navajo, and they are believed to be the first to inhabit the earth. Before the Yei left earth, they left instructions with the people on how to live an easier life.
The male Yei is depicted in sandpaintings with a round head and the female Yei has an angular head.
I had posted earlier pics of some proto type Indian dolls I had been working on. Here is the finished product. She stands about 6.5″x2.5″ and is created out wood, feathers, leather, horse hair, clay, & various fabrics. She has a more contemporary feel because of the way she is created. The front bodice of her dress is hand painted with designs.
I decided to make a smaller and affordable line of Indian Dolls. They measure 5.5″ – 6″ in height. They are the miniature version of the large dolls. All the same material are used: horsehair, leathers, feathers, blanket material, beads, fabrics, and wood.
This drive was from Mora County up through Questa and Red River.
We spent a whole day just driving up in the mountains and they are breathtaking! We had time to stop and visit our little retirement property along the way. We had purchased property a few years before we started a family and it’s really cute to hear the kids say, “when are we going to go visit our property”.
Anyway, our neighbor’s property is a bit of an eyesore. We are still trying to figure out how he made a blue single wide trailer into a two story trailer? Is it structurally sound, I’m not sure!
Tito’s Gallery is located on Bridge Street in Las Vegas, New Mexico. They have been carrying my Native American Indian dolls for several years, as well as some of my prints. Las Vegas is a quaint little town that a lot of folks get confused with Las Vegas, Nevada. Some people don’t even know that New Mexico is a part of the United States. I kid you not!!
Tito and Mary are the owners of Tito’s Gallery
Display of my dolls next to my prints.
Doll displayed at Tito’s Gallery is wrapped in Pendelton blanket.
Indian dances at the Indian Cultural Center in Albuquerque. I grew up in northern New Mexico and never attended any Indian events until now! My kids really enjoyed it.
My sister hooked me up with Kirtland Gallery in Albuquerque. They represent military veterans and I did serve for 8 years, so I qualified and they accepted some of my work. They are located on the Air Force Base and an I.D. or pass is required for entrance onto the base.
These are a few dolls I dropped during our visit home.
Indian warrior ornments measure about 5″ in height. Imitation brain tan leather has been painted and handsewn to create one-of-a-kind ornaments. Hair is out of horse hair and wrapped with leather wraps.
For sale in my Etsy store.