Preparing for battle had its own Highlander custom...the war dance. The painting, "War Dance," by Robert Griffing shows a soldier of the 42nd Highland Regiment engaged in a tradition as old as the mountains of his homeland. The ritual takes place within the stone walls of Fort Ticonderoga. The dancer seeks a prophecy. According to clan tradition, if the dancer touches the sword beneath his feet during the dance, it's a forecast of doom for the coming battle. A piper provides the tunes. An Iroquois warrior watches...waiting for the results. An amused and approving smile appears on the face of a tribal headsman as he keeps time with his drum.
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