Dynamic Symmetry and Holistic Asymmetry in Navajo and Western Art and Cosmology

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Explores the relationship between the cultural roots of the Navajo and the aesthetic forms and styles in their sandpainting, weaving, and silverwork. Finds in the work a symmetry of the whole derived from the fundamentally asymmetrical Holy Pair embodied in the Changing Woman, and shows how that pattern is observable in other modern art and science. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820418605
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Series: American Indian Studies Series, #5
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192

Table of Contents

1 Holism in Navajo Language and Culture 7
Individual and Society 9
Singular/Plural Domain in Navajo Language 12
Hozho and the Cosmic Concert 14
Symmetry and Holism 17
The Passion for Synthesis 18
2 Dynamic Symmetry and Holistic Asymmetry in Navajo Cosmology 23
The Emergence 26
Cosmic Symmetry 32
Symmetrical Emblems of the Cosmic Family 33
The Diamond and Quadrilateral Symmetry 38
The Symmetry of the Navajo Hooghan 45
Color Symmetry 47
3 Dynamic Symmetry and Holistic Asymmetry in Navajo Art 51
Sandpainting 53
Silverwork 59
Weaving 61
4 Dynamic Symmetry and Holistic Asymmetry in Modern Art 83
5 Dynamic Symmetry and Holistic Asymmetry in Modern Science 95
Conclusion 109
Notes 115
Works Cited 117
Plates 123
Index 187
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