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Hopi Snake Dance

Hopi Snake Dance

Artist: Fred Kabotie (1900 Shungopavi, Arizona - 1986)

Department: Art
Date: c. 1930s
Medium: pen and ink and ink wash on paper
Dimensions:
10 1/2 x 14 3/8 in. (26.7 x 36.5 cm)
Classification: Drawings, Pastels & Watercolors
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, transfer donation from the Albuquerque Public Library
Object number: PC2010.22.2
DescriptionDrawing of several men and three women dancing in a circle with several snakes in the center of the circle
Not on view
Label Text:Kabotie’s deft use of India ink and washes creates a complex and refined composition. He was among the very first Hopi artists to work in this wholly European pictorial language, that of perspective and naturalism and did so with sophistication and mastery. In addition, such a depiction itself was groundbreaking in that this was an artist representing his own culture. Previous decades had mostly seen European American artists portraying such ceremonies as outsiders contributing to an exoticized view of Native American cultures.