July 18, 2009

Navajo rug on History Detectives

Navajo rug probed on PBS's 'History Detectives'

By Andi MurphyOf the thousands of Navajo rugs over the world, 14 stirred up questions and controversy because of their forbidden designs and existence.

PBS's "History Detectives" takes a look at one particular rug and tries to unravel its mystery on July 13 at 9 p.m. "Navajo Rug" is the last of three parts in the one-hour show and is about 17 minutes long.

"It's a great story," said Pat Kruis, with Oregon Public Broadcasting. "The rug was a perfect, classic History Detectives story."

The program picked the rug story because it had mystery and the object has ties to an interesting past, Kruis said. Navajo rug history is something that's not in textbooks and not common among the public, so it was the right material for a spot in the show.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see TV Shows Featuring Indians.

Below:  "Navajo weaver Bonnie Yazzie holds a photograph of the Yah-Nah-Pah rug that will be featured July 13 on PBS's 'History Detectives.'" (Special to the Times--Andi Murphy)

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