Sketch of a Navajo sand painting depicting the sky spirits.
Ahsonnutli was the sky father and chief god for the Navajo. He created heaven,
Earth, and the sky. Each of the four directions, or cardinal points, are
supported by a giant. Each direction is symbolized by a color: white-east;
blue-south; yellow-west; black-north.
These colors are used by shaman (holy man)
or singers during various ceremonies to create beautiful sand paintings. The
Navajo believe that each direction has a distinct wind which forms the clouds.
The clouds are believed to be the movement of the wings of white swans in each
of the four corners.
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