The Navajo word for sandpaintings means "place where the gods come and go." This 8" x 16 inch exquisite example was purchased back in the early 1970's by a refined collector who was coming and going through Navajo Nation.
The Painting is titled; "Ye Bi Cha Dance" is made from ALL Natural Colored Rocks which have been ground to size. It is signed on the back By Alfredo Watchman along with Sheep Springs, Tohatchi, New Mexico.
The Navajo culture includes supernatural beings, the "Yei Bi 'Chai" who are sometimes referred to as the "Medicine People", the "Holy People", or "Winter Gods". The "Winter Gods" reference arises from the Yei Bi 'Chai ceremony being held in the late fall/early winter. In Navajo culture, they are believed to be the source of healing powers, providing healing through the medium of the traditional sandpaintings of medicine men (the Hataalii).
The providence of the above is inscribed on the verso which is shown in the photographs provided.
Item ID: 1714