Project Description

Kachina Dancer – Bounteous Medicine, 1992
Ink Painting, 28.5 x 21″
Collection of the Artist

The experience of life on an Indian reservation opened up the artist to a new thinking in relation to dance. Dancing, he felt, is a praising of God for our autonomous movement and when we praise God with our mouths, it is in our heads but does not come from ourt entire bodies. It is beautiful to praise God with our whole bodies.

The Katchina Dancer dances a slow deliberate Hopi ancestral theme. At the pow wow, for this dance, the dress will represent the animals associated with the ancestors, according to the date of their birth. This dance is an expression of the very real way in which the Native Amewrican always connects life and death.