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Toto Dance at Bloomer Hill 1973 Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 in.
Collection of Herb and Peggy Puffer
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In the practice of Maidu dance, dancers experience spiritual and physical transformation, embodying the spirit of the animal they impersonate in their regalia. In this painting, a deer dancer leaves his footprints, as well as the deers hoof prints, in the earth as he dances. He is joined by a centipede, which similarly leaves marks upon the earth. This toto, a frequently performed dance, is taking place at Bloomer Hill in the Feather River area.

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