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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, string, yarn, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 28.5 x 14.5 x 7.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 1/4 x 5 11/16 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5924

Wooden figure on round unpainted wood base. Black sack mask with round white eyes. Yellow feather on head. White cross with red diamond with three red lines on each side and top. Pink feather attached to the top of the cross. Body is pink with spots of white paint. Light green loincloth. Black belt with white diamonds. Arms are held out away from body and bent forward. Pink yarn wrapped around wrists. String tied around both hands and pulled across chest with attached wooden paddle. Yellow moccassins with two pink horizontal stripes.