Eagle Dancers

Maker and role
Artist: Tonita Peña, New Mexican, San Ildefonso Pueblo, 1893-1949
ca. 1920-ca. 1930
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Watercolor on paper
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Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
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Pueblo people have a special relationship with eagles, believing they are human beings in another form. To the beat of drums, Eagle Dancers create the illusion of the bird's flight, soaring through the clouds, hovering over the fields, and perching on high aeries. Women accompanying Eagle Men wear beautiful snowy white dresses, fringed sashes, and moccasins, accented with jet black embroidered bands, skunk fur, and gleaming hair. Dancers carry black and white eagle feathers in each hand and wear them as head ornaments.


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