Sand Painting is a symbolic representation of some
portion of Navajo mythology and is a big part of the lengthy
curing rites and is used by most tribes in the Southwest. The
Navajo Indians have developed them to the greatest degree and
have between 600 and 1000 separate designs.
What are Sand Paintings made from?
The Navajo Sand Painting is made using pulverized
minerals and charcoal to form patterns, at times pollen and corn
meal may also be used. The size of the Navajo Sand Painting can vary
so much that it may become so large that it requires a dozen or more
persons working all day to create. The Navajo Sand Painting is created
between sunrise and sunset of one day.