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gaan (mountain spirit dancer)
  • Apache peoples
  • gaan (mountain spirit dancer), late 1800s–1963
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, feathers, yarn carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 31 x 23 x 6.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 3/16 x 9 1/16 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5934

Standing figure on small base. He wears a black sack mask over head with white circles for eyes. White fan-shaped tableta on head. Faded pink feathers on curved edge. Tableta has white field with a yellow sunburst at bottom, band of red, green, and dark blue, three green diamonds with dark blue outlines and short rays, band of red, yellow, and blue, then a band of blue and white triangles along edge.

Pink-brown torso has three white suns painted on it and a larger white sun on back with two white diamonds. White marks on arms. Pink yarn on each wrist. He holds a white cross in each hand. He wears a yellow kilt. Black belt with white detail. Red painted fringe at top and bottom edges of kilt. Red bands each have crosses in dark blue, blue green and yellow.

Yellow mocassins with two red stripes adn black soles. Unpainted base.