National Geographic : 1944 Jul
() National Geographic Society l'ainting Dy W. Langaon itlnn Headed by Seven-foot White Owl, Arapahoes Line Up for the Famous Sun Dance of the Plains Indians A sacred tribal pipe is wrapped in the medicine bundle, mounted on the four-legged support in front of the Sun Dance pole. Until recent years afeature of this ceremony was self-torture. Dancers would skewer their breasts and be dragged around by the sharp sticks untiltheir flesh tore loose. The dance usually resulted from a vow made by a brave to overcome some force of Nature. This canvas depicts ceremony observed by Mr.Kihn atArapahoe, Wyoming, inAugust, 1940.