(25.2 cm x 20.1 cm.). Item #021464
Photographs from the Paul Coze Estate Photographers not identified Snake Dance. Ca, 1930. This is a ritual done around August of every year and sometimes every other year. While the dance can be seen by the public, the important part of the ritual called "snake washing" is not allowed and takes place within the Kiva. Dr. Fewkes had been the first and only outsider to witness this ceremony and has written a full account of this ritual. Paul Coze (1903-1974) was a French-American anthropologist, artist, and writer, most notable as a French authority on Native Americans. Coze moved to the United States in 1938, and lived in Pasadena, California since 1942, spending two years producing murals at Mesa Verde National Park. In 1951, Coze moved to Phoenix, Arizona. He soon founded an art school and created nine major pieces of public art in the city, including large multimedia installations at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum and other civic landmarks, most with Native themes. He also provided artistic designs for Arizona's celebration of 50 years of statehood, The Arizona Story, in 1962.