Sandpainting - Beauty Way Navajo Weaving : Historic : GHT 2217

Sandpainting weavings are created by a small number of weavers.The skill has been passed down by Hosteen Klah, a powerful medicine man.  In this piece from the Beautyway Ceremony, the artist used germantown dyes for the bright colors, but used hand-carded, hand-spun native wool elsewhere.

Weavers will intentionally create differences between the woven picture and the image that is drawn with sand in the actual healing ceremonies. 

Here is an excerpt from the Beauty Way Ceremony:

With beauty before me may I walk
With beauty behind me may I walk
With beauty above me may I walk
With beauty all around me may I walk

In old age, wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk

As we take a look at the beauty in this piece we see a Rainbow Guardian providing protection to this piece on three sides.  The top side, has a separate rainbow bar of protections.  Usually rainbow bars are in red and blue.  

We have 10 yei be chei dancers wearing masks. If you look closely you'll see that the artist changed the mask colors, and the masks aren't consistently sized.  The dancers should have equal feathers in their headdresses, they don't.  (The white figure on the bottom end is the Talking god and he has a weasel medicine bag which would ordinarily be brown.  

The beautiful corn plant in the center of the image has corn which is tasseled, and has feathers hanging from the bottom leaves. The artist chose to place the corn plant in two baskets instead of just one. 

What other discrepancies can you find?

This gorgeous weaving was featured in our Woven Holy People exhibit.  You can see the exhibit guide here. 

Style Sandpainting
Weaver Unknown Navajo
Date circa 1930s
Size 5′3″ x 4’5″ (1.6M  x 1.34M)
Item # GHT 2217
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Type: Sandpainting

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