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Sand Painting

Image courtesy of Prof. Richley Crapo

"Dry paintings" are made from a variety of ground minerals. They play an important role in curing ceremonies. The designs represent important symbols from Navajo mythology. There are many different designs, each made up of sacred symbols that relate to a specific curing ceremony. True dry paintings are produced for a single ceremony and then removed and returned to nature at the end of the ceremony. Those produced for sale to tourists never include the full, sacred pattern of a ceremonial dry painting.

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