Maker and role
Maker: Navajo, Native American
ca. 1920-ca. 1930
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The figures are derived from Navajo ceremonial sandpaintings. During a multi-night ritual the Navajo draw upon the healing powers of the Ye'ii to restore balance and harmony to an individual, a family, or a community.
At the end, a design made of sand and crushed minerals is created on the ground. After its use, the sandpainting is destroyed and the material returned to the desert.