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Message of a Vestimentary Art
existence of princely and priestly garments proves
that clothing confers a personality upon man,
that it expresses or manifests a function
which may transcend or ennoble the individual."
(To Have a Center, p. 159)
of the most powerful symbols of the sun is the majestic headdress
made of eagle feathers; he who wears it is identified with the solar orb,
and it is easy to understand that not everyone is qualified to wear it;
its splendor - unique of its kind among all traditional headdresses
in the world - suggests both royal and priestly dignity,
thus the radiance of the hero and the sage."
(To Have a Center, p.162)
to the French authors Thévenin et Coze it is
"the most majestic headdress ever conceived by the human genius"
(Moeurs et Histoire des Indiens peaux-rouges).
Sometimes the feather bonnet is adorned with the horns of the buffalo,
which adds to it a pontifical symbol. The feathered spear - the solar ray -
prolongs the headdress in a dynamic and combative mode."
(To Have a Center, p.162, Note 3)
is the ontological awareness
an individual has of his supra-individual reality."
(Spiritual perspectives and Human Facts, p. 210)
consists in taking ourselves for what we are not.
Self-respect is knowing what one is
and not allowing oneself to be humbled."
(Spiritual perspectives and Human Facts, p. 205)
allow of a direct and 'plastic' assimilation
of the truths - or the realities - of the spirit."
(Spiritual perspectives and Human Facts, p. 28)
mirrors happiness and truth. Without the element of 'happiness'
there remains only the bare form, geometrical, rhythmical or other;
and without the element of 'truth' there remains only
a wholly subjective enjoyment, or luxury if you will.
Beauty stands between abstract form and blind pleasure,
or rather combines the two so as to imbue veridical form with pleasure
and veridical pleasure with form."
(Spiritual perspectives and Human Facts, p. 29)