"Fourth Circle Finery" Ledger Art PRINT 8 1/2 X 11 Inches
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This piece pays honor to the beauty of the traditional fourth circle of our celebrations or powwows, the women. The grass dance societies from Lauren's home and people of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nation play an important role within the communities to this day. Grass dance societies being the predecessor to the modern powwow have deep cultural significance. The first circle being the drum with the power of the thunders. The second being the singers who’s voices are the cracking of the manifestation of the thunder powers. The third being the male dancers, the warriors, the original grass dancers. The fourth circle being the women who’s life bringing power and feminine strength surround the ceremony of the grass dance. This piece shows the beauty and prevalence of women throughout Native cultures, in particular the dance society artist Lauren Good Day belongs too, the Arikara Dead Grass society. Being raised dancing within cultural celebrations Lauren wishes to show the connection and the power of our ways while respecting her role and great significance as a woman in which she pays honor to these teachings and the beauty of all women through this ledger art print.