The Fringed Mouth Yei is a deity in the Nightway chant which is a traditional Navajo winter healing ceremony. The Fringed Mouth Yei received its name from the mask which has fringes around the eyes and mouth. It is believed that there are two types of Fringed Mouth Yei, one represents the earth and plant life and the other one represents water. Recently, a representative from the “Water River Life Giver” conference asked me to create a rug for the event. I immediately thought about a story my uncle told me when I was younger. This story has inspired me to create a piece for this conference.
By: Gerard Begay
Gerard Begay is a young male weaver, born to the Big Water clan and originally from Holbook, Arizona. Although he works full-time for the Maricopa Community College district, he spends much of his free time weaving and has shown his work at the Heard Museum in addition to the Santa Fe Indian Market.