These sand paintings are dry art, meaning they are paintings that don’t require actual paint. These paintings require a certain skill, and for these paintings in particular, cannot be learned quickly.
However, some Navajo have taken it on themselves to show the world versions of these paintings. They are not accurate as they have colors reversed and some lines out of order, but they give a glimpse into what these paintings really are.
Sand painting is an art form that originated in India and spread across the Pacific to impact a few Native tribes in the US. It is a sacred art form, and for the Navajo, brings them closer to the gods. The sand used in these paintings is usually naturally colored, as they originated from rocks such as gypsum