sand·​paint·​ing ˈsan(d)-ˌpān-tiŋ How to pronounce sandpainting (audio)
: a ceremonial design (as of the Navajo Indians) made usually of colored sands on a flat surface
also : the art of creating such designs

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The practice of sandpainting was not intended to make art objects, but as key parts of healing rituals. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sandpainting was in 1900

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“Sandpainting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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