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NAVAJO SAND PAINTINGS

Navajo Sand PaintingsShop for Navajo Sand PaintingsThe 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.

 
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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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