SOLD Sandpainting - Shootingway Navajo Weaving : Historic : GHT 1999

This is one of the sandpaintings that the Sun gave to the Monster Slayer and his brother (Born of Water) after they had survived the dangers of the journey to the sky and passed certain tests.

The Textile has a radial design; around the center of the faces of Blue Sun; Black Wind, White Moon and Orange Wind, which represent the sky. Protective rainbow bars surround each of these central figures, and crooked (male) and straight (female) lines of rain extend from the sun, moon and winds to upper and lower rainbow bars.

Below the faces, trapezoidal-shaped skies show four periods of the day: at the east, the dawn with feathers of dawn light and eagles and animal belonging to it; at the south, blue noon with feathers of heat mirage and bird; at the west, the orange sunset with fringes of sunset light and birds (eagles); at the north, black night with the milky way crossing (customarily shown by crossed lines) and the constellations and fringes of the northern lights.

A rainbow connects the noon, sunset and night skies with the dawn left open at the east. At the upper corner is a small guardian bat figure.

For an in-depth article about the symbolism found in this RARE and one-of-a-kind piece, please click here

This piece is attributed to the family of Navajo medicine Man Miguelito and is extremely well woven.  It was featured in our Woven Holy People exhibit.  You can see the program guide here

Style Sandpainting
Weaver Attributed to Navajo Medicine Man Miguelito’s family - Ganado / Klagetoh Area
Date Circa 1920-1930
Size 47″ x 47″ (1.19M x 1.19M)
Item # GHT 1999
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Type: Sandpainting

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