12" x 12"
The sandpainting originates from Navajo healing ceremonies. The medicine man builds a sandpainting and places the patient in the middle of it. To aid in the healing process, sand from the sandpainting is rubbed over certain parts of the patient's body. When the ceremony is over, the sandpainting is destroyed, taking the illness with it.
The designs carry special meanings and subjects familiar to the Navajo people. The colored sand comes from many different sources such as colored rocks, roots, flowers, sand, bark, ashes and cactus.
This amazing and complex Navajo symbol of healing has been broadened into a unique art form to be appreciated by many.