Yeíí

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   Often fitted with rectangular heads and antenna-like head-plumes, yeîs are the symbolic representations of Navajo deities. First seen by westerners in the ceremonial sand paintings of hataalís, or medicine men, these figures stand for the elements that foster life on earth (e.g. wind, rain…).  Though much more ornate than traditional yeíís, this rendition’s naturalistic elements and complex symmetry work together to give the viewer a sense of balance- the foremost virtue in Navajo religion and philosophy.