A small Navajo rug made as a tourist sample. The rug is woven with homespun sheepswool dyed with commercial dyes. These dyes have maintained their color unevenly, and the red dye has bled onto white portions of the rug.
The central motif is two stacked white diamonds, each with a black "I" in the center. The adjoining diamond corners are filled with red. This red area is flanked by a black fill with partial white "I" shapes at the edges. The re
North America: Southwest. Navaho sand-painting: Sky-father and Earth-mother (from the shooting chant). Reproduction lent by the Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art, Sante Fe, New Mexico. This sand painting representing the Sky Father and the Earth Mother is one of a series from the Shooting Chant, an important Navajo religious ceremony. Such paintings are made by sprinkling powdered colored rock and earth on a flat bed of sand, and are an integral part