How did we come to choose the “Father Sky Yei” for the Desert Adventures logo?

Adventures desert logo
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It all started when we decided to have some T-shirts made up to promote the club and the club had no logo. No one had any ideas, so I decided to go to the public library on Central Avenue. Since we wanted a logo with a Southwestern flavor, I went to the Arizona Room to look through all the books and magazines that had something to do with Arizona’s culture. While going through some old magazines, I came upon an old photograph that showed a Navajo Shaman and a traditional sand painting that he had been working on. In the next picture, a Navajo woman was sitting in the middle of the sand painting, and the Shaman was reciting some sort of incantation. Apparently, by sitting on the sand painting and by saying the right words, a person could be protected from all diseases. I felt that this was so apropos to our community and lifestyle that I decided to find out just which “yei” the Shaman had painted in the sand. It turned out to be the “yei” called “Father Sky.

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It all started when we decided to have some T-shirts made up to promote the club and the club had no logo. No one had any ideas, so I decided to go to the public library on Central Avenue. Since we wanted a logo with a Southwestern flavor, I went to the Arizona Room to look through all the books and magazines that had something to do with Arizona’s culture. While going through some old magazines, I came upon an old photograph that showed a Navajo Shaman and a traditional sand painting that he had been working on. In the next picture, a Navajo woman was sitting in the middle of the sand painting, and the Shaman was reciting some sort of incantation. Apparently, by sitting on the sand painting and by saying the right words, a person could be protected from all diseases. I felt that this was so apropos to our community and lifestyle that I decided to find out just which “yei” the Shaman had painted in the sand.

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