Contemplating-the-Past is a symbolic piece representing the longing of the some Native Americans for a return to the past. The past is symbolized as a oneness with the earth. The hills and pueblos are represented as pots, or ceramics made from the earth. Eventually, they will return to the earth. The modern Indian is separated from the past by a chasm. Three figures are on top of the Kiva looking to the past. The only way to return to the past is to reenter the Kiva, pass through the Sipapu to reach a prior state and perhaps emerge on the far side. The Sipapu represents the portal through which their ancestors first emerged into the present world. The opening to the Kiva is drawn in a circular form rather than square or rectangular as in most Kivas. This symbolizes reentering the womb in order to be reborn.
36" x 48" Acrylic on Canvas