Today we pause to thank all veterans for the freedom that we enjoy and perhaps too often take for granted. We found this picture of one of Mae Clark’s Warrior Generations weavings and thought that you might enjoy Mae’s depiction of four generations of warriors from the time of the Long Walk to the current day. At the far left is a warrior in traditional dress from the time of Chief Manuelito (1868), next is a warrior in the uniform of the U.S. Cavalry. To his right is a Code Talker in the uniform of the United States Marines. At the far right, a modern warrior appears ready to continue the tradition of defending our freedom and way of life. The warriors stand surrounded by the four points of the Navajo compass, white to the east, turquoise to the south, yellow to the west and black to the north shown as arrowheads guarded by the horny toad, a figure representing strength of both body and spirit.
In Navajo culture, the warrior is not only a defender in battle but is also a person who can be depended on to come through in a crisis, to provide what is needed, to care for the community and it is a role expected of both men and women. We are proud of the many Navajo men and women who have served and continue to serve our nation and are grateful to all veterans.
Note: The Mae Clark weaving pictured is not part of our current inventory. Please contact us if you would like to know if we acquire a similar weaving in the future.