National Anthropological Archives

Sand paintings

Collection ID:
Physical Description:
31 Paintings

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Reproductions of sand paintings by a Navajo medicine man. Twenty-eight of them are traditional sand paintings; four are secular paintings. They are described individually in the NAA art work inventory.

Existence and Location of Copies
Digital surrogates of the sand paintings are available to view online in their individual catalog records contained under Manuscript 138501. Black and white negatives are also available. There is a 4x5 color transparency available for the Altar for Male Shootingway (Mother Earth Blue and Father Sky Black); the others have color 2x2 transparencies.
Custodial History
Purchased for the Bureau of American Ethnology in 1932 by Mrs. Charles D. Walcott. In 1936, they were transferred by the BAE to the United States National Museum Department of Anthropology. In 1978, they were transferred to the National Anthropological Archives.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
NAA MS 138501, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Other Archival Materials
Other Archival Materials
For notes on the sand paintings, please see Manuscripts 3924-a and 3924-b.

More Information
Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 138501

Local Note
Local Note
Tempera on brown cloth

Keywords table of terms and types.
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Sandpaintings Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Diné (Navajo) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, Maryland 20746