Sandpainting - Kachina Pottery Bear - Native American Art
The sand painting you see is from Navajo healing ceremonies. The doctor builds a sand painting and places the patient in the middle of it. To help the healing process, the sand from the sand painting is rubbed on certain parts of the patient's body. Once the ceremony is complete, the sand painting is destroyed, taking the disease with it. The drawings carry special meanings and subjects familiar to the Navajo people. The coloured sand comes from different sources such as coloured rocks, roots, flowers, sand, bark, ashes, and cactus. This amazing and complex Navajo symbol of healing has been expanded into a unique art form to be enjoyed by many.