The first stop the girls and I are making on our geography study is the United States. Our first project for this study was to do Navajo Sand Paintings.
Here's what we learned:
Traditional Navajo sand painting uses crushed rock, charcoal, crushed flowers, gypsum, ochre, pollen, and cornmeal in addition to the colored sand. The traditional paintings originated as part of ceremonies of blessing or healing conducted by a medicine man. They were completed in 1 day and destroyed later that night. Now sand paintings are art forms and a respected part of Navajo society and commerce.
Here are the finished products: