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Navajo Sandpainting Rug
Mother Earth Father Sky

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 price.
Technique: Peyote
Beads: Delicas 
Approx Size: 4.5 X 4.75"
Pages to Print: 3

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