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Navajo Sandpaintings
     

Navajo Sandpaintings

by Mark Bahti, Eugene Baatsoslanii Joe
 

Few art forms are more significant to Navajo religious beliefs than the sandpainting, or ikaah. Sandpaintings play a major role in Navajo ceremonies, assisting healers to cure ailments by summoning the gods’ aid to restore harmony to both mind and body. In this clear, brief, yet profoundly informed text, Mark Bahti reviews the history of the

Overview

Few art forms are more significant to Navajo religious beliefs than the sandpainting, or ikaah. Sandpaintings play a major role in Navajo ceremonies, assisting healers to cure ailments by summoning the gods’ aid to restore harmony to both mind and body. In this clear, brief, yet profoundly informed text, Mark Bahti reviews the history of the sandpainting from its original, and continuing, sacred purpose to the purely artistic creations produced by some sand painters for sale today. With his collaborator, Eugene Baatsoslanii Joe, Bahti explains the meanings of the images and colors in sandpaintings and tells some of the traditional stories that they represent. Navajo Sandpaintings will enlighten both the amateur and the connoisseur of Navajo art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933855288
Publisher:
Rio Nuevo Publishers
Publication date:
10/14/2009
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.56(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.25(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Bahti is a Southwestern scholar, writer, and art dealer bringing over 30 years of experience and insight to his books, including Pueblo Stories & Storytellers, Silver & Stone, Spirit in the Stone, and Navajo Sandpaintings. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and owns Bahti Indian Arts galleries in both locations.

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