Apache Mountain Spirits protect humans from epidemic diseases, enemies and evil.
The Mountain Spirit Dancers or Crown Dancers "become" these sacred beings.
Four Mountain Spirit Dancers and a clown wield their wooden swords as they dance around a fire impersonating the "ga'an" or mountain spirit.
Each dancer's torso is decorated with symbolic designs and he wears a hooded mask topped with a massive ornate wooden headress. In each hand he carries painted wooden swords.
They embody the Four Directions.
The Clown protects the others by driving away evil spirits.
He plays a very important role in the healing process, provoking laughter and as we all know...laughter is the best medicine.
- 9.5" tall
- 5" wooden slab base
You will receive the kachina in the photo.
Navajo Artisan: Virgil Wood
Made in The United States