The Fire Dance

The Fire Dance is one of many works that grew out of Louis Potter’s experiences with the native cultures in Alaska. It is possible that the artist saw a fire dance ceremony, popular with many Native American nations at the time. The graceful lines of the arms and the legs and the exaggerated, forward motion of the dancer capture the intensity of this ritual, which the participants regarded as a joyful battle with nature’s elements.

Title
The Fire Dance
Artist
Date
1907
Location
Dimensions
3011 3411 34 in. (76.229.829.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. George R. Percy

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male – full length
  • Figure male – nude
  • Indian
  • Ceremony – dance – Fire Dance
Object Number
1917.3.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
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