Mary Holiday Black is the matriarch of the contemporary Navajo basket movement that resulted in an explosion of new basket designs. Together with her daughters, Sally Black and Lorraine Black, she was among the first weavers to explore figurative and abstract designs, opening a new artistic door that allowed many other weavers to pursue their individual creativity. Mary’s revolutionary work has been recognized with both a Utah Governor Folk Art Award and a National Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To her weaving is a way of preserving Navajo culture. “There are many basket stories," Mary says. "If we stop making the baskets, we lose the stories."