Hopi, Turtle Basket, plant fibers, c. 1970.
“It’s turtles all the way down.”
So are those four figures below the turtle elephants or their local variation of the myth? (I’m really curious, but I realize this may be the wrong question entirely…)
I think they’re prolly deer. Four is the sacred number around these parts - it’s synonymous with balance/health/beauty/things being right on a cosmic level (hoozhoo in Navajo, a mixed metaphor at best since this piece is Hopi + the languages are entirely unrelated, but it’s the same essential idea.) Why deer, I dunno. Could be a story I’m ignorant of, could be just a device employed by the artist to make the basket both more dynamic and maintain its balance at the same time.
Thanks for asking!