The Arrow Dance
- Louis McClellan Potter (American, Troy, New York 1873–1912 Seattle, Washington)
- 28 3/4 x 15 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. (73 x 39.4 x 36.8 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin C. Stephens, in memory of Helen Tresch, 1986
- Accession Number:
Potter studied in Paris in the late 1890s before setting up a studio in New York. Beginning in 1904, he traveled to the West and to Alaska, producing statuettes that document American Indian lifestyles and rituals. He completed several sculptures focusing on the activities of the Sioux, including The Arrow Dance, in which a solitary figure points to an arrow lying on the ground. The pose implies rhythmic movement and a thorough absorption in the ceremonial dance.