"In 1853 visiting spirits dancing in twisting circles were seen and recorded (by Timothy Randlett) at Enfield, New Hampshire..."
"To be sure, the term drawing is a misnomer, because the Shakers did not
use it themselves when they were referring to these works. In the few
Shaker documents in which the gift drawings are mentioned, they are
typically referred to as sheets, rolls, signs, notices, tokens of love,
presents, rewards, hearts — sometimes prefaced by the adjective sacred.
This definition focuses on the function of the works as gifts from
heavenly spirits, rather than on the form in which the gifts were
materialized. In fact, the gift drawings often include titles,
captions, inscriptions, and extended texts, in English as well as in
scripts written in indecipherable tongues, that place them on an
uninterrupted continuum with other manifestations of belief, such as
inspired writing, ecstatic movement, and spontaneous speech, especially
in the form of song."
France Morin, in Shaker Gift Drawings and Gift Songs,
The Drawing Center, New York, and UCLA Hammer Museum, 2001 (above image sourced from this publication via the internet)
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