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Sun Dance Painting

Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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An unknown artist created this painting of the Sun Dance, the most sacred of all Plains Indian rituals. Here, within the traditional enclosure, twenty-one standing figures face a center pole. In an effort to achieve spiritual alignment with the forces of the natural and supernatural worlds, the men—dressed in war regalia—raise their right hands to the sky as they sing, dance, and pray. Spectators appear outside the Sun Dance lodge.

Sun Dance Painting, Pigment on muslin, Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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