Flower Shawl Dancer

This sculpture is 23"x20"x10"


Women's fancy dance features a fast pace and the distinctive brightly colored shawl.  The shawl itself is an adaptation of the blanket carried or worn traditionally by women.  Originally danced in the north, it gradually gained acceptance over many years.

The dance itself is a combination of intricate footwork in response to the beat and tone of the drum. Elaborately beaded capes, moccasins and leggings are complemented by beautifully embroidered or decorated long flowing fringed shawls.  Fancy dance regalia maintains the basic forms and designs of the past,and add materials such as taffeta or satin and ribbons, combined with beadwork, quills, and feathers.The appropriate style of the fancy dancer is one of a constant whirl of beauty and grace.