drawing, native buffalo costume

‘Buffalo Dance Costume,’ Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University

This sacred headdress with robe is a native American artifact that caught my attention, then moved me to draw it. Beautifully lit and presented, it stood near the main entrance of the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, when I visited about two years ago. But to see the powerful intention of those who used this for their own special ceremonies being turned into art-on-display left me uneasy.