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Our Artwork Inspired by Designs from Californian Cultures
[Sculpture of a Coso Range Shaman]
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A shaman from the Coso Range in California. The three-toed feet and fringes may represent a bird's feet and tail, symbolizing the shaman's flight on his vision quest. One hand likely holds an atlatl spear thrower, while the other hand holds a dart.
[Sculpture of a Coso Range Shaman]
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A shaman from the Coso Range in California. The circle around the head may represent a vision quest or other spiritual power.
[Sculpture of a Coso Range Shaman]
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A shaman from the Coso Range in California. One hand holds an atlatl spear thrower, while the other holds darts. The three-toed feet and fringes may represent a bird's feet and tail, symbolizing the shaman's flight on his vision quest.
[Sculpture of a Coso Range Shaman]
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A shaman from the Coso Range in California.
[Sculpture of a Coso Range Shaman]
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A shaman from the Coso Range in California.
[Sculpture of a Coso Range Shaman]
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A shaman from the Coso Range in California. The fringes may symbolize a bird's tail, representing the shaman's ability to fly on a vision quest. The ears might actually be wings.
[Sculpture of Coso Range Shaman Showing Internal Organs]
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This shaman from the Coso Range in California shows internal organs, likely symbolizing the deconstruction of a shaman's body during a vision quest and his subsequent rebirth. The three-toed feet may represent a bird's feet and the head may be a bird's tail, both symbolizing the shaman's flight on his vision quest.
[Sculpture of a Coso Range Shaman]
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A shaman from the Coso Range in California. The horns may be sheep horns, a common power metaphor among western peoples.
[Sculpture of a Coso Range Shaman]
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A shaman from the Coso Range in California.
[Sculpture of a Coso Range Shaman]
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A shaman from the Coso Range in California. One hand holds an atlatl spear thrower, while the other holds darts. The three-toed feet and fringes may represent a bird's feet and tail, symbolizing the shaman's flight on his vision quest.
[Sculpture of Coso Range Shaman as Phosphene Image]
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A phosphene is an image perceived by the brain when that image is not actually present. Phosphenes result from migraine headaches, meditation, extreme physical stress, gentle pressure on the eyes, and, of course, hallucinogenic compounds.
Shaman often went on vision quests, using hallucinogens or deliberately self-induced physical stress, in order to communicate with the spirit world. This image likely represents a shaman on a vision quest.
The three-toed feet and fringes may represent a bird's feet and tail, symbolizing the shaman's flight on his vision quest.
[Sculpture of Skeletonized Coso Range Shaman]
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This shaman from the Coso Range in California symbolizes shamanic rebirth.
Shaman on a vision quest often experience being physically disassembled until there is nothing left but their bones, and then having the bones reassembled into a new body.
This reduction to bones and subsequent rebirth symbolizes the shaman's role as the intermediary between the physical world and the spirit world. This skeletonized shaman therefore symbolizes life and rebirth, and not death.
[Sculpture of Anthropomorth with Holes and Connecting Lizard and Other Images]
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Anthropomorph and connecting lizard. On the original pictograph, the holes are white spots which are common visual images in hallucinations.
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[Sculpture of Anthropomorph With Holes and Connecting Lizard]
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Closeup of the anthropomorph with holes and the connecting lizard.