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A Man Receiving Power from Two Spirit Animals

Wohaw Native American

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In this drawing by renowned Kiowa artist Wohaw, the earth is portrayed as a solid mass of color that meets an open sky. At center, a man seeks supernatural guidance by offering two pipes in prayer, and a spirit buffalo and a spotted longhorn bull appear on either side of him. In answer to his prayer, the spirit animals breathe their medicine onto his head. The work has been recently interpreted through Kiowa voice as a representation of an Indian warrior who draws power from both the buffalo and domestic bull—blessings from two worlds.

A Man Receiving Power from Two Spirit Animals, Wohaw (Native American, Kiowa, 1855–1924), Graphite and crayon on paper, Kiowa

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