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Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer, Gahn Dancer II

 

Craig Dan Goseyun

 

According to Apache tradition, the Gahn were sent by the Life-Giver to show the Apache rituals to invoke blessings and strong medicine for disease. As time passed, the Apache acted badly, so the Gahn left. Eventually the Apache realized their mistake. Today the songs and dances of Mountain Spirit Dancers represent the Gahn, summoning their power. Craig Dan Goseyun is a member of the San Carlos Eastern White Mountain Apache, and one of a family of visionaries. In wandering Reservation hills, he envisioned monumental sculptures honoring his traditions and sacred past. It is a dream he still holds as he completes, one by one, individual sculptures of the Mountain Spirit Dancers.

 

For the Young (and Young at Heart)

A work's setting becomes part of our experience, perhaps for some pieces more than others. Would it change your feelings, to find this one in a courtyard or building instead of on an open hillside? Do the starry nights, storms and misty dawns it sees add to its power?

 

 

Spirit Dancer

 

Craig Dan Goseyum, USA, Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer, Gahn Dancer II, 1993; Bronze.