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Antler Sacrifice Figural by Norman Cooeyate and Jacqueline Ghahate

Norman Cooeyate and Jacqueline Ghahate

Antler Sacrifice Figural by Norman Cooeyate and Jacqueline Ghahate

$ 500.00

An antler figural that was carved by the couple Norman Cooeyate and Jacqueline Ghahate and in their words; 'Depicted is the story of the Great Flood where Zuni people had to take refuge on top of Corn Mountain. Thus starting from the malachite/azurite base Corn Mountain has a village carved in it to show that our people did live on top of the mountain. As the water started to rise, a concern for our people was how were they going to survive. It was determined by the rain priests that the only way to appease the Water Serpent (Kolowisi) a sacrifice had to be done. Thus, a brother and sister of the rain priest was dressed in their finest Zuni clothes, the male given prayers feathers, the girl with offerings of food and eventually lowered into the water. As they went to the bottom the water started to recede. When they touched the bottom they became two prominent outcroppings on the western side of Corn Mountain. They still stand there today as a reminder to our people of the sacrifice that was made on our behalf. Thus, teh brother and sister are carved holding each other, with the male holding prayer feathers, both cloaked with a blanket that has cloud designs on it that is just above the village. On the back the rainbird and father sun design are inlayed, indicating the importance of rain, the nature of rain and the connection of mother earth and father sun to the continuation of our people.'
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Artist: Norman Cooeyate and Jacqueline Ghahate (signed)
Size: 5-1/2 in. tall x 1-1/2 in. wide x 2 in. deep
#34193

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