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Comanche Scalp DancerIt was not customary nor considered socially appropriate for an individual Comanche to boast of his accomplishments or valor in combat. An individual warrior could not claim to have defeated an enemy unless it was witnessed and confirmed by other Comanche. Once the men returned to camp it was a woman's role to boast of the deeds of her husband or relative by performing the scalp dance.

The woman began on the periphery of the dance space and moved toward the center. She brandished a lance, and at times a knife, mimicking the actions taken by the men in combat. It was customary, but not required, for the woman to wear male regalia like an eagle bonnet. The woman might also include the warrior in the dance to draw attention to him as the most successful participant in the battle or raid.

Filled with symbolism and meaning, Tippeconnic’s paintings highlight the strength, beauty, and grace of the Comanche past and present. The paintings are rich with history and the unbroken connection the Comanche people have with their roots, but they are not romanticized or stagnant expressions of a bygone era. Rather, Tippeconnic’s art is full of movement, color, and life — a bold statement that Comanche culture is vibrantly alive in the modern world.
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