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Re: Re: Wanted: Native American ideas

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Sat, 13 Mar 1999 14:10:55 EST

Sandpainting always intrugues my students. I baught a book a couple of years
on sandpainting and read about it so that I really knew the history. Now I but
sand at a gardening supply store- about two dollars worth and color it in
buckets with powdered tempera. (Use rubber gloves) Having already studied
traditional Navajo work and symbols, I do a demonstration of how traditionally
sandpainting was part of a healing ceremony and it sould also have singing and
chanting with it. At the end of the ceremony the sand was always dispursed in
the desert because the sand grains would contain the illness. As times have
changed with the Europeanization of traditional Navajo culture, sandpainting
has been changed from a sacred ceremony to a secular art that people can
practice for money. The sacred symbols are NOT used and the sand is glued down
so the paintings are permanent. Students then can work with personal symbols
or use traditional (non sacred symbols) to create and glue down their own
paintings our ofd sand. They love it.