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sand painting

noun

  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.


sand painting

noun

  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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Word History and Origins

Origin of sand painting1

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900
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Example Sentences

“Twenty years ago, few persons were allowed to witness the making of a sand painting,” he told the Cubs.

By placing Dan in charge of the sand painting project, the boys felt that the job already was half done.

A half-sob escaped Dan as he beheld the ruin of the beautiful sand painting.

The hogan is finished, the sand painting started, and we expect to get at our Wells Fargo station in a couple of days.

While Dan, Midge and Chips worked on the sand painting, the other boys received instructions in water safety.

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