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Navajo Blanket
New Mexico

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We do not know who wove this blanket but we can assume that the weaver was a Navajo woman.  In contrast to neighboring Pueblo societies, where men traditionally were the principal weavers, most Navajo weavers were and continue to be women. 

Ganado Mucho This blanket belonged to Ganado Mucho, pictured here during a visit to Washington, D.C., in 1874. Ganado Mucho was an important Navajo leader during much of the 19th century.

His name means "Livestock Many" in Spanish, reflecting the large herds he owned.  In the late 19th century, Ganado Mucho befriended the famous trader Juan Lorenzo Hubbell who operated a trading post near Ganado Mucho's home in northeastern Arizona.  Hubbell encouraged Navajo weavers near his trading post to develop a distinctive weaving style, known today as "Ganado."

Top: Ganado Mucho, Navajo, 1874, Washington, D.C. Photographer: C.M. Bell. National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution, neg. no. 2388

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