Dressed in colourful regalia, a fancy dancer’s acrobatic movements stir the soul as they step, leap and twirl to the rhythmic beat of the drum. This fine silver coin shines the spotlight on the complex footwork and elaborate costumes of a spectacular powwow dance style, the Fancy Dance, which has become a powerful expression of Indigenous identity, spirituality and heritage.
Item Number 168731
Composition: 99.99 % fine silver
Weight (g): 62.69
Diameter (mm): 50
Face Value: $30
Artist: Garrison Garrow
Packaging: Standard maroon clamshell with black beauty box
- ALL THE COLOUR AND PAGEANTRY: A colour-filled celebration of today’s powwow as a cherished cultural custom!
- MIX OF COLOUR AND ENGRAVING: The fancy dancer dominates a reverse design that is brimming with energy, thanks to the artful blend of colour and engraving.
- PAINTED PICTURE: An application of paint over the engraving re-creates the dazzling colours, feathers and intricate beadwork that characterize a fancy dancer’s elaborate costume.
- CRAFTED FROM 99.99% PURE SILVER: Given its theme and high visual appeal, this coin is sure to be a prized addition to any collection, a matchless gift for any art or history enthusiasts, or a treasured keepsake for all who share an interest in Indigenous culture and art.
The reverse image by Kahniakehaka artist Garrison Garrow captures the fast-paced energy of a modern powwow dance style: the Fancy Dance. A fancy dancer dominates the reverse, where finely detailed engraving adds a sense of fast-paced movement while an application of colour highlights the intricate nature of the regalia. From the Thunderbird of the Plains peoples to the Iroquois design on the apron, the assemblage of motifs, textures and traditional elements (including the sacred eagle feathers) holds special meaning and speaks to the powwow’s importance as a vibrant, cross-cultural exchange. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.