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It may be an ancient picture the younger men have never seen - but they know the old stories of creation, and the vestiture of a [[god?]] or a sacred beast is familiar to them. [[strikethrough]] If the Medicine Man says [[yeh?]] [[insert]] ascends [[/insert]] surrounded by [[insert]] 24 birds [[/insert]] twelve eagles & 12 hawks - they will know that each bird [[/strikethrough]] [[strikethrough]] that [[/strikethrough]] alternately under the feet of each is the lightning & the rainbow [[end page]] [[start page]] Early Morning. Rocks of grotesque shape stand up from the soft dunn floor of the desert and send long shadows back from the steady gaze of the sun-god. [[bracket in left margin]] Women are going quietly about the work of the hogan and little children dressed like their elders swish about in long voluminous skirts. Four white horses nibble such growth as the desert has to offer. [[/bracket]] The six sided ceremonial hogan is cleverly built of logs that are graded in size and converge to a square hole above the centre of the building, affording the ideal lighting for a sand painting - the sky light. The floor is covered with the finest of brown sand and trays of bark of slight curve hold white and red [[insert]] & yellow [[/insert]] sands - A boy is grinding charcoal between [[wetate?]] stones. This he mixes with [[insert]] darkest gray [[/insert]] sand & arranges on a similar tray & thus the black sand is ready. The white he has prepared by grinding white stone brought from the hills [[insert]] yellow of yellow stone, [[/insert]] the red of red stone and now he mixes a portion of the white with the black and forms the blue, which, laid on the yellow brown floor beside the black & white & red & yellow becomes really blue, [[strikethrough]] [[as?]] [[/strikethrough]]
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