"Cheii" | by Michael Gorman
In Navajo we have two words for Grandfather: Nálí and Cheii. We inherit our clan through our mothers and when we meet someone, it is important that we establish our relation to them. We will say our [mother's] clan, and that we are born for our father's clan. Then we will also tell our grandfathers clans, our Cheii and our Nálí. It is in this way that we are related to one another.
"Cheii" is a one-of-a-kind raku-fired stoneware sculpture. It depicts a Navajo man drapped in a chief's blanket and wearing a rust colored hat. His hair is tied in a traditional tsii'yéeł [Navajo Bun]. His blanket hugs his shoulder and curves up on the left, framing his face in profile. As you rotate the sculpure, his feeling and mood shift.
Height: 8 1/8"
Materials: Stoneware, White Crackle Raku, Red Iron Oxide, Black underglaze
Pictured on a cedar base by Vincent Lauricella