This one-case display rotates frequently to spotlight special objects from the collection. Now on view: Deer Dancer Katsina made by Aaron Fred.
Now On View
This Hopi katsina, or spirit carving, represents a masked deer dancer. Performed in Pueblo communities in January and February, winter deer dances celebrate and thank the deer, elk, and antelope who gave themselves to the people in the preceding year. Deer headdresses include the antlers of those animals; garments and adornments are made anew by hand each year. Singers, dancers, and observers come together in prayerful offerings that strengthen the community, sharing and seeking blessings for all.
This display coincides with an upcoming exhibition at the Barnes Foundation: Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community
The Spotlight Gallery is adjacent to the 25,000-pound solid red granite Sphinx of the Pharaoh Ramses II, located in the Museum’s Main Entrance.
To deepen your experience of Native American art and history, we have teamed up with the Barnes to offer $5 off adult admission to both our museums.