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sand painting

  1. the ceremonial practice among Navaho and Pueblo Indians of creating symbolic designs on a flat surface with varicolored sand.
  2. the designs so made.
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Origin of sand painting

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for sand painting

Historical Examples

  • Wolden especially mourned a Navajo sand-painting, which he compared to Goya.

    Hunters Out of Space

    Joseph Everidge Kelleam

  • When you mentioned the sand-painting and the cave, you evidently gave them just the clues they needed.

British Dictionary definitions for sand painting

sand painting

  1. a type of painting done by American Indians, esp in the healing ceremonies of the Navaho, using fine coloured sand on a neutral ground
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