Showing posts with label Part II. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Part II. Show all posts

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Hearts of Our People, Native Women Artists Part II

After I saw Hearts of Our People at the end of July, I knew that I wanted to see it again with my daughter.  The deep connection that the Native women have to sharing with their daughters and grand daughters moved me deeply.  This deep connection is growing with Amaliya, my daughter, and I.

 Cara Romero

Marguerite Vincent Lawinonkie, Wendat (Huron), 1783-1865
Moccasins, 1838/1847-54 Black dyed hide with moose-hair embroidery, cotton thread, silk lining, binding and ribbon

Nellie Two Bear Gates (Gathering of Clouds Woman) Ihankthunwanna Dakhota, Standing Rock Reservation 1854 - ?
Valise, 1880-1910, Beads, hide, metal, oilcloth, thread

Zoe Urness, Tlinget, born 1984
December 5, 2016: No Spiritual Surrender, 2016 Digital Photograph

    Amaliya Rose listening to the words of the native women telling the story of their art.

Faye HeavyShield, Kainawa (Blood) Naiton of the Blakfoot Confederacy, Canadian born 1953
Aapaskaiyaawa (They Are Dancing) 2010

Yupik Artist (Name unknown)
Beaded headdress, before 1898, Glass Beads, thread, rawhide

 D. Y. Begay, Navajo, born 1953

Nahookosji Hai (Winter in the North)/ Beboon Giiwedinony (It is Winter in the North)
Wool and natural dyes

C.C Maxx Stevens, Seminale/Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, born 1951
Childhood, 2004, Hanging paper dress with light

Jolene Rickard, Tuscarora, born 1956
...the sky is darkening... 2018
infused dye on aluminum and fabric/beaded birds

Ramona Sakiestewa, Hopi, born 1948
Nebula 22& 23 (diptych), 2009
Tapestry, wool warp, dyed wool weft

The beading on these pieces is amazing, intricate and precise.  I don't have the names or Nations of these artists.  Please know that they were identified. Unfortunately, I missed taking the photos to recall their names.

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Nation, born 1940
Trade Canoe for the North Pole, 2017
Acrylic, collage, oil crayon, charcoal on canvas

Mary Kawennakie Adams, Akwesasne Mohawk, Wolf clan, 1917 - 1999
Basket 1985, Sweet grass

Close up of sweet grass basket.

Kay WalkingStick, Cherokee, born 1935
Verere Alpian, 1997
Oil on canvas, (left), steal mesh over acrylic, saponified wax and plastic stones (right)

Hupa artist
Dance skirt, 1875
Deer hide, glass beads, abalone, maidenhair fern, bear grass, trade beads, cloth ties (added at a later date

Dakhota and/or Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) artist
Dance blanket, 1840-1850 (Close up)
Wool, silk, beads, needlework

This was a dark blanket.  The images in the blanket are reflections of humans at the exhibit and other art that is near by.

Nora Naranjo Morse, Santa Clara Pueblo, born 1953
Our Homes, Ourselves, 1999
Clay and paint

 Seminole artist
Woman's patchwork cape, skirt and stacking necklaces. c. 1920
Cotton, thread, rickrack, (cape and skirt); glass beads, plastic, thread, wood, silver, cotton (necklace)

 Joan Hill, Muskogee Creek and Cherokee, born 1930
Women's Voices at the Council, 1990
Acrylic on canvas

Innu (Naskapi) artist
Huntig coat, c. 1750
Caribou hide, pigment

Christi Belcourt, Michif (Metis) born 1966
The Wisdom of the Universe, 2014 
Acrylic on canvas

 Close up of The Wisdom of the Universe

  Close up of The Wisdom of the Universe

 Close up of The Wisdom of the Universe

Here is the artist statement about Wisdom of the Universe reprinted from Art Matters:

In Ontario, over 200 species of plants and animals are listed as threatened, endangered or extinct. Of those, included in this painting are the Dwarf Lake Iris, the Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid, the Karner Blue butterfly, the West Virginia White butterfly, the Spring Blue-eyed Mary, the Cerulean Warbler and Acadian Flycatcher.

Globally, we live in a time of great upheaval. The state of the world is in crisis. We are witness to the unbearable suffering of species, including humans. Much of this we do to ourselves. It is possible for the planet to return to a state of well-being, but it requires a radical change in our thinking. It requires a willingness to be open to the idea that perhaps human beings have got it all wrong.
All species, the lands, the waters are one beating organism that pulses like a heart. We are all a part of a whole. The animals and plants, lands and waters, are our relatives each with as much right to exist as we have. When we see ourselves as separate from each other and think of other species, the waters and the planet itself as objects that can be owned, dominated or subjugated, we lose connection with our humanity and we create imbalance on the earth. This is what we are witnessing around us.
The planet already contains all the wisdom of the universe, as do you and I. It has the ability to recover built into its DNA and we have the ability to change what we are doing so this can happen.

Perhaps it’s time to place the rights of Mother Earth ahead of the rights to Mother Earth.

– Christi Belcourt

This show is presented by Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.  This show closed on Sunday, August 18, 2019. It celebrated Native women artists and honors over 115 artists from the USA and Canada spanning 1000 years.  Breeze on my Skin has only shown a portion of the amazing art including pottery, textiles, painting, photography, clay, a gleaming El Camino. 

Please add your comments to what you see below.  And watch for Heart of Our People, Native Women Artists to come to a city near you.


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