“It’s not for enjoyment, it’s an honor” stated Rosie Yellowhair of her traditional Navajo artwork. Yellowtail has been practicing her native form of art for over 40 years and shared enthusiastically information about her pieces that were for sale.
When asked, Yellowtail eagerly explained the back story and significance of the elements to her designs; ceremoniously, sand painting is only done by ordained Medicine Men or Women. It is a healing ritual for people who are ill. A medicine healer makes a sand painting on the ground using only four colors (white, green, yellow and black), four plants and four mountains. The ill person sits on.