Navajo Sand Painting of Ring Dancer


American Indian Artist

1 foot square Sand Painting depicting a traditional Pueblo American Indian hoop dancer in silhouette with feather details.
Signed by the artist on the back illegibly and titled "Hoop Dancer."
Sand paintings come from traditions of the Navajo, used in healing.  The medicine man would come to the home of the ill and during a 2 day ceremony he would use colored sands to draw the appropriate symbols and figures, who are summoned to help.  
The beautiful patterns and compositions produced are always destroyed at the end of the ceremony, but they have influenced both Navajo weavings, like Yei rugs, and these wall hangings.  
Good condition with some surface scratches.


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