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Sandpaintngs of the Navajo Shooting Chant
  • Franc Newcomb, artist
    Gladys A. Reichard, author
  • Sandpaintngs of the Navajo Shooting Chant, 1932
  • Where object was made: Lukachukai, Arizona, United States
  • watercolor?
  • Object Height/Width: 34 x 26.5 cm closed
    Object Height/Width: 13 3/8 x 10 7/16 in closed
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7752
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Description

The image is a Navajo sandpainting. There is a sun-like design in the center with a white face and black features and feathers for "rays" in white, pink, light blue, and black. There are four human figures at regular intervals, all with elongated torsos and arms raised at the sides. The figure at the top has a black body with white diamond outlines and a white kilt with light blue and pink detail. He holds a white sun on a stick in his left hand. The figure at the facing right has a black body with white diamond outlines and a white kilt with light blue and pink detail. He holds a light blue sun on a stick in his left hand. The figure at the bottom has a torso covered in triangles in pink, black, yellow, and brown. He wears a white kilt with pink and light blue detail and holds a yellow sun on a stick in his left hand. The figure on the facing left side has a torso covered with triangles in pink, black, yellow, and brown. He wears a white kilt with pink and light blue detail and holds a black sun on a stick in his left hand.

An extremely elongated figure, possibly the rainbow goddess, creates a pink and light blue border around the image.

The paper the image is on is attached to a larger folded page with text, apparently part of a book. It reads: "Sandpainting of the Navajo Shooting Chant by Franc J. Newcomb with text by Gladys A. Reichard."