Navajo rug

Collection Type

  • Textiles

Date

1880-1906

GUSN

GUSN-18654

Description

Navajo rug. Red background w/ triangular white and black designs. White and black stripes near 2 borders.

Details

Descriptive Terms

rugs
wool (textile)
weaving
Navajo
Wool
Woven
Navajo
RUG

Label

Used in Cherished Possessions 2003-2005: This rug was purchased in 1906 by Jenny Tucker, who, at the age of forty, traveled from Maine to Wyoming, attempting to augment her family's income by staking a land claim there. Her letters home describe her experiences, including camping out in a log cabin, visiting local copper mines, and purchasing a Navajo rug “to sleep in now and later it can be cleaned and come home.”An interest in handcrafts coupled, ironically, with the successful subjugation of American Indian tribes, contributed to the growing popular appeal of American Indian goods at the end of the nineteenth century. American Indians were no longer perceived as a threat but instead as a vanishing race, and their goods came to be viewed as emblems of a noble, but lost, people.

Associated Building

Original to Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, Me.),

Additional Identification Number

112

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

81 x 55 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Jane S. Tucker

Accession Number

1998.1323