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gaan (mountain spirit dancer)
  • Apache peoples
  • gaan (mountain spirit dancer), late 1800s–1999
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, yarn, paint, feathers, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 32.5 x 19.5 x 15 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 3/4 x 7 5/8 x 5 7/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5935
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Standing figure wearing a black sack mask with white horns on either side. The horns are white with black marks along edges, light blue diamond with black cross and short yellow rays, and a yellow diamond with black cross and short orange rays. Orange feathers at tips. Grey feathers at top of head.
Yellow torso with light grey collar or necklace with short white rays. Light grey circle on each shoulder and forearm, all with short white rays. Black belt with white circles and dots. Yellow kilt with a white band with small diamonds in light blue, pink and light purple over top of short black lines. The top band is only in front. A second band at hemline goes all the way around. Yellow moccasin boots with two dark yellow stripes and a black sole. He holes a white cross in each hand with orange tips on each end and orange zigzag along long portion. Pink yarn on proper left elbow and both wrists.

Tableta is currently separate. It is fan shaped with a notched curved edge. White field. Three black triangles at bottom and a yellow diamond with black cross and orange rays. Short black marks around white field. Band of dark blue then yellow above field and white triangles at curved edge have vertical orange stripes. Fluffy light blue feathers along top edge.