June 1966
Tapestries in Sand;1966, p51
The article ponders on the meaning of the Navajo Indian sandpainting Sun and Eagle. Frequently this sandpainting is made by the Navajo Medicine Man to invoke the lofty spirit of the Eagle in the healing of the body of a sick child. The blue background of the center circle is symbolic of the spirit of the sun, the spirit of the sky, and the spirit of the water, which is purity. The crescent of the white and yellow, above and beneath the child, is the symbol of the union of the heavens and earth. The Eagle is a lofty bird who dwells among the clouds and contacts the spirit of the heavens, for the Eagle alone can fly directly into the face of the sun, thus receiving the direct flow and inspiration from the life-giving power of the light.


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