Indian Pipe Series, panel #9
A snapshot of the traditional native warrior at war dance.
The Lakota sweeps and bends in motion that breaks the air between earth and sky. Mysticism, preparedness, and spirituality combine in this graceful movement. Like a electrical surge in pressurized water, the Native American dances against his fear, in contrary to his foe's will, and in spite of overwhelming odds.
In the case of the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, frequently called "Custer's Last Stand", the men of the Lakota tribe went back to their tepees to dress appropriately for the oncoming conflict. Even when time was precious, they dressed with respect. Respect for their people, their own spirit, and the Great Spirit.
On his lips the warrior whispers "It is a good day to die". Here, there is an elegance in tradition even in the face of death.
In 2016-2017, artist Daniel Kathalynas worked on a series of protest artwork called the Indian Pipe Series. The parasitic Monotropa uniflora plant (AKA the Indian Pipe plant) was symbolized as the pipeline. This is a reaction to the atrocities of unethical treatment of people committed on American soil by the conflict regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline.