In the Navajo culture, there are many chants and ceremonies that can bring healing to a patient. The Nightway Chant from the Whirling Logs narrative is a nine night long chant. Traditionally, the medicine man will direct the creation of a sandpainting which would depict the allegorical lesson of the night. Before dawn, the sandpainting was the be destroyed because if kept into the morning, bad things would come to the seer and the patient. It wasn't until 1930 that a Navajo tribesman stepped away from tradition and wove the stories of the sandpaintings into textile for the preservation of culture.
The Whirling Logs story from the Nightway chant tells the story of a hero who, with the help of the gods, carves out a log and heads down river despite the many attempts of others to dissuade him. Along the way there are many difficulties as on any journey, this hero ends up gaining important knowledge on religious ceremonies. This specific piece of textile features the Talking God and the Calling God. The Talking God is evidenced by his tall stick and the Calling God represents farming and fertility. The other two characters on the left and right are seed-planters and crop gatherers.