TheAfternoon Dance, an original painting by Joe Don Brave.
The traditional dances of the Osage have taken place for over 100 years and are called the I-lon-skha. These dances happen, currently, during the month of June, and are held in the three districts of the Osage People in Osage County, Oklahoma. Greyhorse, Hominy and Pawhuska are the districts.
I have participated in the I-lon-skha, Osage Traditional Dances, for 44 years. June is the best time, when Osages come from around the country, gathering together to enjoy family, fellowship, food and ceremony.
I treasure these experiences, the entire month is special and I paint southern straight dancers often, quick memories, reminders, friends, family members I have while dancing.
This painting is a blip of the dances, under the arbor, during one of the afternoons, when the light is bright the heat is intense and the muscles are not sore. I love being under the arbor, feeling the energy of my nation's people, coming together.