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Navajo Yeii Spirit, is a depiction of a irit
considered by the Navajo to be a go-
between between man and the creator.
Yeiis control natural forces in and on the
earth, such as day and night, rain, wind,
sun, etc. A very special kind of yeii is the
Yei'bi'chai, grandparent spirit or "talking
God" who can speak with man, telling
him how to live in harmony with all living
things by following a few rules of
behavior and using only the basic things
he needs to survive. A symbol of the
harmony acheived is the "Rainbow Man",
a yeii controlling the rainbow, who gives
beauty to those in harmony.
, the seed bringer and water-
sprinkler(a reference to his male
anatomy), is a common fertility symbol
throughout the Southwest. His image is
found in petroglyph art particularly in the
fourcorners area and along the gorges of
the San Juan River in Northern New
Mexico and Colorado. He is a personage
who is honored as a kachina by most
Pueblo cultures. He is associated with
fertility, the male principal and
physiology, and the concept of the
significance of protecting seeds. Usually
depicted as old, bent under his heavy load,
he visits various communitys,
impregnating the young women drawn to
the tones of his flute playing. He is also
related to the cricket, or locust, whose
natural music is connected with specific
hunidity and seasonal temperatures.
There are many, very ribald stories of his
various exploits. When carved as a
kachina doll, he usually has a staff, not a
flute, but is also carved hunchbacked.
Before the missionaries came to the Hopi
mesas in the 1930's, his kachina disguise
and tihu doll also featured exaggerated