"War Dancer"

8" x 10" Pen, Ink and Watercolor Wash

Indian warriors who participated in a War Dance emulated a number of feelings and symbols in their interpretations.  The rite was an ancient and very sober "pep rally" that soldiers and sports teams still do to put them in the correct mind for the coming battle.  The War Dance also carried high spiritual significance and the dancers tried to exhibit three qualities that warriors or soldiers need in battle:  an appeal to their "Medicine" or religion, a strong self-awareness of their role in their society or tribe, and the undaunted determination to carry the battle forward with as much bravery as they can muster.  This dance was not your normal step-about. This was deadly serious.

 

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