Bert Robertson Collection
Acquired in 1956 by the present owners from the above
In written correspondence from Mr. Robinson, author of Basket Weavers of Arizona: "This sand painting is known as the night and day sandpainting. It was made by a member of the To Do' Kagy clan (meaning bitter water). This sand painting is used principally when a patient is subject to bad dreams..."
For a related example woven by Hosteen Klah and identified as "The Skies" from the Male Shootingway Chant, see Tyrone Campbell and Kate and Joel Kopp, Navajo Pictorial Weaving, 1991, p. 106. For a discussion of the Male Shootingway Chant see Gladys A. Reichard, 1939, Navajo Medicine Man Sandpaintings, pp. 43-44.
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