Navajo Sand Paintings. Navajo sand paintings are both an art form and a means of a spiritual communication that makes use of the Navajo Sandpaintings, also called dry paintings, are called "places where the gods come and go" in the Navajo language. Then, the hot rocks are placed inside the sweathouse to induce heavy perspiration. After its sanctification, the patient sits on the painting while the chanter performs a ritual to enhance the absorption of its healing power. White is Dawn, red is Sunshine. The figures in sand paintings are symbolic representations of a story in Navajo mythology. They make their own sand paintings and write about their meanings. Their relations to one another rendered this the most desirable course to pursue. There are various types of painting, materials like sand, paper, dirt and some more. The one next below that is in yellow, and depicts the goddess who stood in the west of the House of Dew-Drops. Once the cause of an illness has been determined and the proper treatment prescribed, a medicine man will often travel to remote areas ofthe reservation to locate the necessary plants. Still others are used in their complete form. This Navajo Sand Paintings Lesson Plan is suitable for 3rd - 5th Grade. The preparation of the ground and of the colors, the application of the sacred pollen, and some other matters have been already considered. The traditional paintings were used in healing or blessing ceremonies conducted by a Singer or Medicine Man. The Navajo Indian Tribe create the world's most beautiful and intricate mandalas using a traditional sandpainting technique. This explains why plants are so important to the Navajo people, especially to the medicine practitioners. To the accompaniment of chanting, the medicine man leads the, patient to the sweathouse. CREDITS Project Humanist, Conda E. Douglas, Project Evaluator, Russell P. Hartman, The gathering of plants by a trained medicine man, herbalist, or other qualified healer is an important part of Navajo curing, and the act must not be attempted by one who has not received the proper training. These complex rituals interweave a broad spectrum of Navajo culture, including aspects of history, philosophy, religion and medicine. The Sand below is a part of 26 Navajo Sand Paintings That Look So Elegant Collection Gallery. The figures in sand paintings are symbolic representations of a story in Navajo mythology. That immediately next to it on the south comes second in order, is painted in blue, and represents the south. . Most of them are healing ceremonies. Then, the painting is blessed by the medicine man and his patient, who sprinkle cornmeal over it. However sand painting designs are also used in prints and framed paintings, rugs and on jewelry. Plants are also an important part of sandpaintings. The heated rocks inside the sweathouse cause the patient to perspire, thereby drawing out some of the evil forces which have caused a, certain degree of disharmony between the patient and his natural, and spiritual worlds. For example, in representing the four directions, white is usually East, yellow is West, black is North, and blue is South. Black is also Male, white is Female. When the sweathouse procedure is used ceremonially, the medicine man is present to recite prayers and chants and a prescribed ritual is followed. Black is often a dark gray formed by adding charcoal to sand. Sandpaintings are but one rite in a ceremonial. Warp, weft, and the American West Kimberly Smith Ivey JULY 31, 2018 Although the techniques have remained essentially the same over the last three hundred years, the materials, motifs, and format of Navajo weavings changed because of contact with the Pueblo Indians, the Spanish, and, later, American settlers. Upon entering, the patient will remain, for approximately thirty minutes, while the medicine man continues, to recite additional prayers and chants. The Whirling Log symbol is associated with a narrative involving a man (sometimes called the Culture Hero) who takes a journey down the San Juan River in a hollowed out log canoe. These colors may also represent the worlds through which The People passed before emerging into this world. A description of the four great pictures drawn in "The Mountain Chant" ceremonies has been deferred until all might be described together. The ceremony is intended to transfer to the patient the curative powers of the holy figures represented in the painting. Among the central arrows, the second from the top, or north margin of the design, is that of the east; it is drawn and erased first. The Third Picture commemorates the visit of Dsilyiâ NeyÃ¡ni to ÃaÃ§Ã²â-behogan, or âLodge of Dewâ (paragraph 56). //-->. With only one exception can the prescribed, detail be changed without endangering the success of the ceremony. to recite additional prayers and chants. natural harmony which exists among all parts of nature. The doorway is covered with a blanket. The sand from the painting must, therefore, be disposed of according to ritual so that it will cause no further harm. These small (< 2' × 2') sand paintings ['iikááh] are made as trade items, for sale to tourists and collectors. Then, the patient emerges A different sandpainting might be produced, on each of several days. The sandpainting works its healing power by reestablishing the patient's sense of connectedness to all of life ( Griffin-Pierce 1991:66). The beliefs, ideas, and customs that a group of people have in common. The heads are painted red to represent the red stone points used; the fringed margins show the irregularities of their edges. Navajo sand painting artist, Sampson McDonald hand crafted this exquisite sand painting. Then, the medicine man gathers smaller plants nearby.