Burntwater Chief Chinle
Crystal Eyedazzler Ganado
Klagetoh New Lands Pictorial
Sandpainting Storm Teec Nos Pos
Tree of Life Two Grey Hills Wide Ruins
Yei Yaibichai


  Navajo Rugs

from A Guide To Navajo Rugs
These pictorial rugs are based on ceremonial sandpaintings, and thus are considered somewhat controversial. They portray the spiritual realm of the Navajo people. Depending upon the ceremony for which the original sandpainting was made, these extraordinary weavings may show supernatural beings and their magical implements, the spirits of the earth and sky, and powerful creatures and plants. Common elements in sandpaintings include snakes, feathers, lizards, and whirling logs.

Sandpainting rugs are square. Their colors have a definite significance. Certain hues represent the cardinal directions. Rainbows are red, white, and blue. The background is usually tan, like plain sand.

The area around Shiprock, New Mexico, is known for its Sandpainting rugs. A medicine man named Hosteen Klah, who used real sandpaintings in curing ceremonies, is believed to have been one of the first people to weave them.