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These panels represent a stylistic variation we see at several sites across the region in which a particular theme is used by different cultures. Here, we focus on the raised-arm anthropomorph, a ubiquitous motif in the region. These figures appear both alone and in groups, and are usually done in a style distinctly different than the Classic Vernal style. These elements are commonly found near areas believed to have supported agriculture, and as such may represent a rain dance. 

  

(Clockwise from upper left) A dancer’s panel at the Sun Dagger site; legless anthropomorphs with arms raised; these dancers are placed flanking a possible clan symbol; a dancer, possibly with child; an elongated bodied painted dancer.


 
Last updated: 03-20-2014