Dream Songs and Ceremony: Reflections on Traditional California Indian Dance
In the roundhouses of north-central California, in the light cast by carefully tended fires, tribal dancers celebrate nature and placate the unknown in ceremonies that invigorate dancers, singers, and spectators alike. In a joyous , outdoor spring celebration, dancers brush a "bear" with wormwood and receive his blessings. Back in the roundhouse, a song refers to the sound of deer toes clicking on rock and earth. It's an intimate world that few people ever see (or hear), nourished by elders who carry the remnants of centuries-old customs. Dream Songs and Ceremony is artist Frank LaPena's highly personal account, in a selection of vibrant paintings accompanied by detailed commentary, of his own experiences in this life-giving tradition.