Santo Domingo War Shield

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This shield depicts a violent storm in the center with lightning bolts shooting from it to the lower left and lower right.

They strike the earth, while rain pours straight down between them. The funnel-shaped cloud roaring out toward the top probably represents violent winds, their force and direction indicated by the arrows crossing the yellow horizon.

A hank of horsehair hangs from near the center, and two cougars are painted on the white area to either side of the storm design. The “weather pattern” on this shield bears a remarkable resemblance to the Kiowa shield 70.

The back of this Santo Domingo shield is incised with three abstract geometric designs as well as a small mountain lion figure done in white paint.

Illustrated in Spirits in the Art, by James A. Hanson pg.179.

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