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Awakening the Mountain Spirits - WINNER!

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 Have a great day!

Soaring Eagle for M4 by WildDesigns
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)

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Album name:mtdana / March 2017 ~ Let's Dance ~ CLOSED
Keywords:Dancer / Apache / Native / American / Crown / Terrain
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Date added:Mar 26, 2017
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McGrandpa   [Apr 18, 2017 at 09:30 PM]
Beautifully done! Congratulations!
Heitaikai   [Apr 08, 2017 at 06:59 AM]
A fascinating dancer and a very imaginative scene, mtdana! on your win.
thelufias   [Apr 01, 2017 at 02:27 PM]
Love the write up and the creation....and Congrats on your win.....well done on all counts....
Artienne   [Mar 28, 2017 at 08:48 PM]
Great work with character and outfit! Great pose as well! Superb work!
DarkElf   [Mar 27, 2017 at 12:50 PM]
A well done and educational scene. Fascinating facts. Thanks for this.
Aelin   [Mar 27, 2017 at 07:08 AM]
Great dancer! Even if we see only one, we can imagine others are all around of us and our pov. And excellent modelization!
mtdana   [Mar 27, 2017 at 01:52 AM]
Thank you both, Only discovered them because of this contest and knew I wanted to try a scene, I think they are are awesome too!
sidherose   [Mar 27, 2017 at 12:25 AM]
:) I actually know about the Mountain Spirit dancers. This dancer is awesome. Wonderful job with this mtd! I like the Clown/Trickster the best.
oldeekdog   [Mar 26, 2017 at 06:26 PM]
Such a fascinating piece of art.

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