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Navajo meanings for pattern, color -SYMBOLS


From: Sara (sarawren_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Nov 13 2003 - 20:49:12 PST

Navajo meanings for color

The Four Sacred Mountains and directions are
associated with colors:

"White: Mount Blanca (Tsisnaasjini' - Dawn or White
Shell Mountain)Sacred Mountain of the East near
Alamosa in San Luis Valley, Colorado

Blue: * Mount Taylor (Tsoodzil - Blue Bead or
Turquoise Mountain)Sacred Mountain of the South north
of Laguna, New Mexico

Yellow: * San Francisco Peaks (Doko'oosliid - Abalone
Shell Mountain) Sacred Mountain of the West
near Flagstaff, Arizona

Black: * Mount Hesperus Dibé Nitsaa (Big Mountain
Sheep) - Obsidian Mountain Sacred Mountain of the
North La Plata Mountains, Colorado "

"The principal colors, white, blue, yellow and black
are linked to the four sacred mountains as well as the

Red is often considered a sacred color and
represents sunlight."