Awakening the Mountain Spirits by mtdana ()
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Black hooded and accompanied by drums and chanting the Apache Mountain Spirit dancers can appear very menacing, but this is not a dance of war. The Gaan or Gaa'he dancers perform this sacred dance to awaken the Mountain Spirits. The Apache people believe Spirits inhabit the mountains and live in trees, rocks, and in the wind. These Spirits can heal illnesses and will protect the people against diseases and other misfortunes.
The distinctive headdress is made of wooden slats and is adorned with colorful paintings symbolic of the sacred medicine wheel and the four points or directions. The dancers wear a buckskin kilt layered with fringe. They stomp the ground and strike two wooden swords together. On their boots and around their waist are clusters of jingles, with all the noise they hope to awaken the spirits.
There are many interpretation for the sacred Medicine Wheel and the four directions, represented by a cross. One belief is there were four original tribes placed on earth by the creator. Each tribe was given the same teaching but each teaching was from a different perspective. The people of the four tribes had to seek each other out and share their knowledge so all would grow greater in Spirit.
I only have one dancer but there would be four Mountain Spirit Dancers and a trickster, sometimes a boy from the tribe, to perform the ritual of "clowning".
To find more information search for "Apache Crown Dancers".
The hood and kilt are dynamic cloth, the fringe on the kilt and boots was made using displacement.
Thank you for visiting and for your comments on previous posts - I appreciate and very much enjoy reading them.
Soaring Eagle for M4 by WildDesigns (RMP)
Pose - Summoning the Spirits by Varnayrah (RMP)
Cheyenne for M4 by Ravenhair (DAZ)
Boots are from Lena Outfit by Rhiannon (RMP)
Modern Kilt by DAZ (dynamic)
Hood - Dynamic Cloth DAZ
Fringe textures - Native American Clothing - Mega Resource by renapd (RMP)
Wood Crown, swords and jingles by mtdana (Wings 3D)
Flinks Weeds (RMP)
Nature Canyon by Andrey Pestryakov (DAZ)
Sky by Didi_mc (RMP)
Image Comments (38)
eekdog () Online Now! 7:21PM | Sun, 26 March 2017
Cool info and really stellar job on your native Americans series. The beauty of them are awesome, Dana. /fav always.
Faemike55 () 7:37PM | Sun, 26 March 2017
great and very interesting information a well as a cool image
Jean_C () Online Now! 2:37AM | Mon, 27 March 2017
Superb and very interesting image, thanks for the infos!
rhol_figament () 2:45AM | Mon, 27 March 2017
Scans indicate magical lines of power running through the ground under the warrior and ruin light shinning from his blades. A true spirit master will dance with his foe, waiting for the perfect moment to strike...
High five Mt-Na! Hope you are keeping our favorite elf and pup safe... ;)
Freethinker56 () 5:57AM | Mon, 27 March 2017
Fab info Thanks! Outstanding work! Love the whole scene! cheers my friend take care.
JenniferRehnay () 8:32AM | Mon, 27 March 2017
What a fascinating and gorgeous render. Excellent job on those boots! His outfit is really quite stunning and you capture a great sense of purposeful movement here. Wonderful!
Leije () Online Now! 11:10AM | Mon, 27 March 2017
Amazing custom and outfit, wonderful image for illustrating these interesting infos !
Navi () 4:37PM | Mon, 27 March 2017
Very nice work on this dancer, great details on the outfit, too ! :)
jpiat () 5:11AM | Tue, 28 March 2017
Great pose and colors. Outdoor scene are really difficult to do
soffy () 4:34PM | Tue, 28 March 2017
Wonderfully done,my friend,amazing character and work,thanks for the interesting info:)********