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Native American Indian Navajo Sand Paintings

The Navajo Sand Painting is a symbolic representation of some portion of Navajo mythology and is a big part of the lengthy curing rites, sand paintings are used by most tribes in the Southwest. The Navajo Indians have developed the sand painting art to the greatest degree and have between 600 and 1000 separate sand painting designs.
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Rainbow People Navajo Sand Painting Detail ID: 10312
Rainbow People Navajo Sand Painting
By: Orlando Myerson
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Sun and Eagle Sand Painting Detail ID: 10599
Sun and Eagle Sand Painting
By: Alta Yazzie
$62.00
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Medicine Wheel Sand Painting Detail ID: 10592
Medicine Wheel Sand Painting
By: Glen Nez
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Navajo Sun Face Sand Painting Detail ID: 10593
Navajo Sun Face Sand Painting
By: Alfred Yazzie
$48.00
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Yei Sand Painting Detail ID: 10591
Yei Sand Painting
By: Glen Nez
$48.00
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Healing People Sand Painting Detail ID: 10586
Healing People Sand Painting
By: Lester Johnson
$48.00
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Female Yei with Corn and Basket Detail ID: 10600
Female Yei with Corn and Basket
By: Josina Begay
$62.00
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Navajo Sand Painting Detail ID: 10587
Navajo Sand Painting
By: Alfred Yazzie
$48.00
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Navajo Sand Painting Detail ID: 10601
Navajo Sand Painting
By: Alta Yazzie
$62.00
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Pottery and Bear Sand Painting Detail ID: 10404
Pottery and Bear Sand Painting
By: Herman Tyler Jr.
$62.00
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Hogan and Mountain Sand Painting Detail ID: 10609
Hogan and Mountain Sand Painting
By: Glen Nez
$62.00
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Hogan Sand Painting Detail ID: 10508
Hogan Sand Painting
By: Glen Nez
$98.00
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Whirling Hopi Sun Sand Painting Detail ID: 10521
Whirling Hopi Sun Sand Painting
By: Charlotte Denetdeal
$62.00
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Yeis Sand Painting Detail ID: 10607
Yeis Sand Painting
By: Glen Nez
$62.00
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Navajo Sand Painting Detail ID: 10606
Navajo Sand Painting
By: Glen Nez
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Navajo Sand Painting Detail ID: 10522
Navajo Sand Painting
By: Glen Nez
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Whirling Log Navajo Sand Painting Detail ID: 10602
Whirling Log Navajo Sand Painting
By: Glen Nez
$62.00
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Navajo Sand Painting Detail ID: 10604
Navajo Sand Painting
By: Glen Nez
$62.00
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Tree of Life Navajo Sand Painting Detail ID: 10608
Tree of Life Navajo Sand Painting
By: Glen Nez
$62.00
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Kachina and Pot Sand Painting Detail ID: 10603
Kachina and Pot Sand Painting
By: Michael Watchman
$62.00
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Pottery and Bear Sand Painting Detail ID: 10411
Pottery and Bear Sand Painting
By: Herman Tyler Jr.
$62.00
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End of the Trail Sand Painting Detail ID: 10525
End of the Trail Sand Painting
By: Michael Watchman
$48.00
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Hogan Navajo Sand Painting Detail ID: 10418
Hogan Navajo Sand Painting
By: Glen Nez
$62.00
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Hunch Back Yei with Rainbow Sand Paintin Detail ID: 10421
Hunch Back Yei with Rainbow Sand Paintin
By: Josina Begay
$62.00
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Sun and Eagle with Plants Sand Pa Detail ID: 10462
Sun and Eagle with Plants Sand Pa
By: Lester Johnson
$62.00
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Navajo Sand Painting Detail ID: 10594
Navajo Sand Painting
By: Darlene Johnson
$48.00
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Father Sky Sand Painting Detail ID: 10595
Father Sky Sand Painting
By: Rita Johnson
$48.00
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Yei with Corn Sand Painting Detail ID: 10596
Yei with Corn Sand Painting
By: Phoebe Masquat
$48.00
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Sun and Eagle with Plants Sand Painting Detail ID: 10597
Sun and Eagle with Plants Sand Painting
By: Lester Johnson
$48.00
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Kachina and Pot Sand Painting Detail ID: 10598
Kachina and Pot Sand Painting
By: Michael Watchman
$62.00
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End of the Trail Sand Painting Detail ID: 10605
End of the Trail Sand Painting
By: Michael Watchman
$62.00
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Sun Face Navajo Sand Painting Detail ID: 10513
Sun Face Navajo Sand Painting
By: Alberta Tsosie
$62.00
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Whirling People Sand Painting Detail ID: 10514
Whirling People Sand Painting
By: Lester Johnson
$62.00
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Navajo Pottery Sand Painting Detail ID: 10464
Navajo Pottery Sand Painting
By: Herman Tyler Jr.
$62.00
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Medicine Wheel Sand Painting Detail ID: 10588
Medicine Wheel Sand Painting
By: Glen Nez
$48.00
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Whirling Rainbow Sand Painting Detail ID: 10589
Whirling Rainbow Sand Painting
By: Herman Tom
$48.00
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Native American Indian Navajo Sand Paintings

In the sandpainting of southwestern Native Americans (the most famous of which are the Navajo), the Medicine Man (or Hatałii) paints loosely upon the ground of a hogan, where the ceremony takes place, or on a buckskin or cloth tarpaulin, by letting the colored sands flow through his fingers with control and skill. There are 600 to 1000 different traditional designs for sandpaintings which are known to the Navajo. They do not view the paintings as static objects, but as spiritual, living beings to be treated with great respect. More than 30 different sandpaintings may be associated with one ceremony.
 

The Navajo Sand Painting is a symbolic representation of some portion of Navajo mythology and is a big part of the lengthy curing rites and is used by most tribes in the Southwest. The Navajo Indians have developed them to the greatest degree and have between 600 and 1000 separate designs.

What are Sand Paintings made from?

The Navajo Sand Painting is made using pulverized minerals and charcoal to form patterns, at times pollen and corn meal may also be used. The size of the Navajo Sand Painting can vary so much that it may become so large that it requires a dozen or more persons working all day to create. The Navajo Sand Painting is created and destroyed between sunrise and sunset of one day.

 
Is there meaning to the colors used in Navajo Sand Paintings?
Colors used in the Navajo Sand Paintings are usually symbolic of direction; as a general rule white is east, yellow is west, black (a male color) is north and blue (female) is south; red represents sunshine.
 
What are Navajo Sand Paintings used for?
The person for whom the Navajo Sand Painting is being created is usually seated on the Navajo Sand Painting after it is completed and parts of it are placed on his body. Through the rituals the person becomes purified and by identifying in this way with the deities invoked thru the sand paintings, he gains power from them and overcomes the evil causing the illness and thereby walks again in beauty and is in harmony with the universe. The sand painting absorbs the evil and then the Sand Painting is ceremonially buried.
 
 
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