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The photographs in this collection are unique. They contain the three different elements of a traditional Navajo healing ceremony: a sand painting, a sing and a sweat lodge.
It is important to note when viewing these photographs that the people involved agreed to have their photographs taken for the purpose of sharing the knowledge of the dine' with others. This is a "show-you-how-it's-done" ceremony...a unique collection of one of a kind images.
First, clay is crushed for the sand painting. Then a sand painting is drawn on the sand. In this ceremony two men, Billy Yellow (on the right in the red headband) and Hite Chee in blue begin the "show-you -how-its-done" ceremony for a young girl who, it is assumed, has been kicked in the head by a goat and is having bad dreams.
They make a sand painting of a spirit animal, in this instance it is a horned toad. The horned toad is chosen because it is a "protective" spirit animal...notice the claws, bow and arrows in the painting.
They then conduct a "sing" where they chant, shake their rattles to pray, and connect with Spirit.
Finally the men go into a dry sweat lodge to pray for the girl.
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