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The Dancers with Talking God

The Dancers with Talking God

The Dancers with Talking God is a painting from the Navajo ceremonial Night Chant. The first figure on the left of the painting is Soft Talker or Talking God, who wears a headdress of eagle feathers and owl plumes, and carries a bag made from the skin of a tree squirrel. The other seven figures are dancers, wearing round masks, and carrying spruce boughs in one hand and gourd rattles in the other.

All seven of these deities wear earrings and chest pendants symbolic of wealth and power. Their medicine pouches vary as do the ornamental designes of their skirts.

The painting is protected on three sides by a simple rainbow border. In ceremonial usage, this painting is most frequently done with a double row of dancers.