Buffalo Creation Story Blanket
- 64" x 80" (163 x 203 cm)
- Napped, felt bound
- 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton
- Dry clean
- Made in the USA
Buffalos are not typically associated with Navajo culture. So when contemporary Navajo artist Andrew Hobson discovered a story of how the buffalo evolved in Navajo creation stories, he was fascinated. Four buffalo tribes are shown inside protective medicine hoops, and the four sacred mountain ranges of the Navajo surround the central buffalo. The artist frames the work in the abstract rainbow symbolizing his personal Yeii, or protective deity.
Andrew Keedah Hobson was raised on the Navajo reservation in Chinle, Arizona, where he received a strong background in weaving, silversmithing, sand painting, pottery making, drawing and painting. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University in 2003, and has taught art to Indigenous students since 2005. As a painter in oils and acrylics, Andrew’s influences include Picasso, Kandinsky, Cezanne, and Indigenous artists like Ha-So-De and Tony Abeyta. His work depicts Navajo culture and mythology with colourful, powerful imagery.