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803 Georgene Dr. NE

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condition: like new
make / manufacturer: Navajo
model name / number: Shiprock Tan
size / dimensions: 12" x 12"

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Hand made sandpainting of Shiprock with tan color sky, unsigned, framed, ready to hang. 12" x 12" with frame. The Navajo word for sand painting means "place where the gods come and go." Navajo sand painting has its roots in traditional Navajo medicine and religious ceremony. Native American sand paintings are an integral part in Navajo healing ceremonies. Medicine men must learn all of the incredibly detailed aspects of the sand painting; the holy images, their placement, exact colors, and accompanying guardians in addition to all of the proper songs, prayer offerings, rituals and sequence of events. This knowledge is rarely written, but is passed down through apprenticeship. Paintings depicting scenes from Navajo religious tradition are created by medicine men during Navajo ceremonies, made overnight to be destroyed before dawn. The medicine man, Hosteen Klah, was the first to reproduce the sacred sand painting images for sale rather than for ceremony in the form of woven rugs. Certain key parts of the ceremonial image were omitted or rearranged.
The first Navajo handmade Navajo painting successfully made permanent on a board for sale was created in the 1950's by a medicine man named Fred Stevens. The idea was suggested to him by Rex Bollin, a trader at Box Canyon, Arizona and the process used to adhere the sand to the board was developed in collaboration with Stevens, Bollin, and Arizona artist George DeVille who had been using sand as a painting medium for several years. The result was so successful many other Navajo artists began to follow suit. Today Navajo sand painting using the medium of sand in colors ground from a variety of local rock and stone, is artfully manipulated into extremely detailed and beautiful paintings depicting Navajo deities as well as still life subjects.
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