Navajo Sandpaintings

Native American sandpaintings; There up to 1000 different traditional designs for Native sand paintings known to the Navajo. The Navajo do not view the paintings as static objects, but as spiritual, living beings to be treated with great respect. More than 30 different sand paintings may be associated with one ceremony. The colors for the painti...

Native American sandpaintings; There up to 1000 different traditional designs for Native sand paintings known to the Navajo. The Navajo do not view the paintings as static objects, but as spiritual, living beings to be treated with great respect. More than 30 different sand paintings may be associated with one ceremony. The colors for the painting are usually made with naturally colored sand, crushed gypsum (white), yellow ochre, red sandstone, charcoal, and a mixture of charcoal and gypsum (blue). Brown can be made by mixing red and black; red and white make pink. Other coloring agents include corn meal, flower pollen, or powdered roots and bark. The Navajo traditionally made sand paintings for healing purposes, Many of them contain images of Yei bi chei (the Holy People). While creating the painting, the medicine man will chant, asking the yeibicheii to come into the painting and help heal the patient.

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