Navajo Sand Painting: "Places Where The Gods Come And Go"

The Diné (Navajo People) create sand paintings, or dry paintings, known as "places where the gods come and go" in the Navajo language.


Navajo Sand Paintings - An overview of the spiritual meaning, purpose, and creative process in sand painting.
Navajo Sand Painting - A video clip from a PBS documentary demonstrating a sand painting being created.
Example Of Traditional Navajo Sand Painting - From the Denver Public Library collection.
Example Of Traditional Navajo Sand Painting - From the Metropolitan Library of Oklahoma City.
Example Of Traditional Navajo Sand Painting - From the Marriott Library, University of Utah.
Contemporary Navajo Sand Painting - Mitchell Silas.
Interview With Sand Painter, Herbert Ben - Discussion and demonstration of sand painting recorded by the Arizona State Museum.
The First 'Permanent' Sand Painting: The Invention Of Commercial Navajo Sandpainting - Traditional Navajo sand paintings are intended to be temporary. Thus, they could not be shared widely or created as permanent works of art. That all changed when a Navajo named Grey Squirrel (Fred Stevens Jr.) developed a technique for creating fixed Navajo sand paintings. In so doing, he created a marketable form of art.
Another Story About The First 'Permanent' Sand Painting: The Invention Of Commercial Navajo Sandpainting - This Navajo newspaper gives primary credit to a woman by the name of Mae de Ville.