Yaqui Deer Dancer Wooden Sculpture A847 SOLD

A knockout piece of wood carving and not small.

20.5″ high, base approx. 7″x7″

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Photograph:The deer dance performed by the Yaqui people of northwestern Mexico imitates the movements of the animal, which they consider sacred. On his legs the dancer wears rattles made from moth cocoons and filled with seeds or bits of broken seashells. Around his waist he wears deer-hoof rattles. In his hands he carries a pair of gourd rattles.

The deer dance performed by the Yaqui people of northwestern Mexico imitates the movements of the animal, which they consider sacred. On his legs the dancer wears rattles made from moth cocoons and filled with seeds or bits of broken seashells. Around his waist he wears deer-hoof rattles. In his hands he carries a pair of gourd rattles.

The Yaqui or Yoeme are Native Americans who inhabit the valley of the Río Yaqui in the Mexican state of Sonora, Mexico and the Southwestern United States. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is based in Tucson, Arizona. Yaqui people also live elsewhere in what is now the southwestern United States, especially California.