Traditional colors in Navajo or other Native American Weaving
Hello- My name is Laurie, and I am new to the group. I live on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. I'm a fine artist, spinner, weaver, knitter, etc. Out of several of the things I currently do, I'm heading toward focusing mainly on Navajo-style weaving. Some of you may know me from recently joining the backstrappers group at Yahoo.
I am part Poospatuck Tribe (only a 1/16th part) - a tribe from Long Island, New York that has been greatly reduced in size over the years. I am following in my great-grandmother's and great-great grandfather's foot steps in my journeys in weaving. The Poospatuck Tribe has a website that isn't active yet, and I did speak to one elder a few years ago, but it is difficult to simply "find a Poospatuck member" to ask questions of. :)
My first question about Native American or Navajo weaving is color use, and that was what I had been trying to ask the elder of the tribe. Does anyone have the "basic" or general definitions of the color meanings for: Black, Blue, Red, Yellow, Green, and White. I believe there are differences from tribe to tribe, but I thought there might be a general sense to each color. I have the book "Navajo Weaving Way", but I couldn't find specific color definitions. I may have missed it as I haven't read the whole book yet.
Thank you in advance.