The Fire Dance

  • Louis Potter, The Fire Dance, 1907, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. George R. Percy, 1917.3.1

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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
Artists
Date
1907
On View
Dimensions
30 x 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. (76.2 x 29.8 x 29.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. George R. Percy

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Ceremony – dance – Fire Dance
  • Ceremony – Indian
  • Figure male – full length
  • Figure male – nude
  • Ethnic – Indian
Object Number
1917.3.1
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URL
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