Sacred Basket with Prayer Sticks (Kitan) Used in Night Chant or Mountain Chant
Arts of the Americas
Wood, fiber, pigment
late 19th century
Total Length: 33 3/4 in. (85.7 cm)
Other (Tallest Prayer Stick): 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm) (show scale)
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Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund
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Navajo. Sacred Basket with Prayer Sticks (Kitan) Used in Night Chant or Mountain Chant, late 19th century. Wood, fiber, pigment, Total Length: 33 3/4 in. (85.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund, 05.588.7117a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 05.588.7117a-b.jpg)
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The basket for these prayer sticks has never been located. This impressive set has 101 prayer sticks of different sizes, colors, and patterns, strung together. Some singers kept a "sample" roll of prayer sticks to aid in making the ones used in all the various chants. This possibly might be a sample roll and never had a basket. It also might have been made for display purposes as usually the prayer sticks were destroyed during the ceremonies.
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