Tohono O'odham Man in The Maze Flat Horsehair Basket
Man in the Maze-
The Man in the Maze is a popular symbol in the Southwest. To the Tohono O’odham people he is a mischievous mountain god named I’itoi or I’thi. The man and the maze can represent various ideas, but the most popular Tohono O’odham idea is that it represents finding your way through “the maze” of life. It is said that each one of these designs has a “mistake,” or a “door,” so the spirit of the basket can be released.
The Tohono O’odham Nation is well known for their basket weaving skills. When the horse was introduced by the Spanish, they eventually started to weave miniature baskets out of the tail hair. The coil technique, which is used to make bigger baskets, is used to create these miniature baskets, but instead of using plants, they use horsehair. Notice the size of these baskets and their ornate detail for something so tiny. They are a wonderful conversation starter and will be a unique addition to your home.