Tesuque Pueblo Dance Apron

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This soft, buckskin dance apron is from Tesuque Pueblo just north of Santa Fe. Worn by a man on ceremonial occasions, the panel offers a strong prayer for rain. The upper design is a bank of clouds with lightning shooting from the tops and rain streaking to earth below them. At the bottom is a row of circles, thought to represent the stars on a clear night after a welcome rain. The snake dividing the sky is Avanyu, a common Southwestern motif used by those asking for rain.

Illustrated in Spirits in the Art, by James A. Hanson, p-194.

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