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gaan (mountain spirit dancer)
  • Apache peoples
  • gaan (mountain spirit dancer), late 1800s–1963
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, paint, feathers, yarn, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 32 x 22 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 5/8 x 8 5/8 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5923

Wooden figure on round unpainted wood base. Black sack mask with round white eyes and three tiny white dots on forehead. Yellow feather on top of head. Fan-shaped tableta with blue and red crown at the bottom, black tooth-like pattern followed by red-green border with black and white diamond edge tipped in pink feathers (patterns appear on back of tableta as well). Pink body is bare with a four-directional cross surrounded by diamonds on chest and back. Arms have a white squiggly line and each hand holds a white cross or sword. Wrists have a piece of pink yarn tied around them. Two semi-circular lines (identified as the friendship glyph) on sides of body and three vertical white lines under armpits. Black belt with white dots. Yellow kilt with blue wrap around lines with red, green and white dots. Kilt also has vertical pink lines. Yellow moccassins with two pink horizontal lines.