Father Sky and Mother Earth appear in many of the sand paintings
throughout most of the Navajo healing ceremonies. They are invoked
not because of a part in a particular story, but because of their
strength and all pervading importance. Navajos have a complex
series of healing ceremonies that are designed to restore harmony
to the patient. Some last as long as nine days and nights. Ordinarily,
on each of these nights, the Singer (medicine man) directs the
making of a sandpainting that illustrates an allegory used in
the ceremony. According to tradition, the sandpainting must be
ceremoniously destroyed before dawn, or dreadful taboos can be
inflicted upon the Singer and/or patient. The problem in making
a sandpainting textile or rug, it cannot be destroyed. Therefore,
it was believed that dire consequences would come to the weaver
of a sandpainting.
The pattern is shown enlarged to make it easier to read. Because
of the size of this pattern I divided it into 2 sections.
There is no color key ncluded. This is a "Just Patterns"
item for beaders who want beautiful patterns at a reasonable
|Approx Size: 4.5 X 4.75"
Pages to Print: 3
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