Navajo Yeibechai Dancers


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On back of postcard: "Yeibechai Dancers and Monument Valley. These gay figures, taken from the nearby Navajo Tribal Parks Observatory for the picture, represent the most sacred of the tribe's dances and have been performed in this region for hundreds of years. On the Arizona-Utah border."

The Yei (meaning Holy People) are supernatural beings who created the Navajo people and taught them how to live in harmony with the universe.

In the Yeibechai dance, the Yei are represented by masked men. Nine days and nights of ritual are required for the Yeibechai Dance. Because of the expense of feeding a large number of people for nine days, these dances are rarely performed. However, in the event of some disaster or illness which cannot be otherwise treated, there is no alternative.

(Source: James F. Downs, The Navajo, Waveland Press, 1984)


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