National Geographic : 1940 Nov
) I auonai ieograpnic ocley raui-ir .Y VV. Lauul, **ll A Navajo Medicine Man Invokes Weird Ritual and Symbols in Sand to Restore aWoman's Health Tribesmen chant as a masked figure stalks to and fro in the hogan (tribal lodge), illuminated by a shaft of light from the smoke hole inthe roof. He touches various portions of the sand painting, then places his hands on different parts of the patient's body. The chanting medicine man, holding agourd rattle inhis hand, is seated just beyond, and to the left, of the patient. The medicine man and his assistants prepare the sand painting underfoot inadvance ofthe ritual. After each day's ceremony, the painting is erased. Next day a new and different one takes its place.