Warrior-Tribute is my recognition of those who fought for Indian rights throughout the years whether they are male or female. Living in New Mexico makes one aware of issues that have faced Native Americans since the arrival of the Europeans. The issues of treaties and the handling of native resources by the Bureau of Indians Affairs are well documented. Only during the past fifty years have native and Anglo lawyers, tribal councils and activists organizations begun to bring significant changes and rights to those living on reservations. Contemporary Indian thought as presented in exhibitions at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe is truly revealing. Do not miss the opportunity to visit this institution if you are in Santa Fe.
Warrior-Burial is filled with symbolism for me. Some plains Indians used platform burials for their deceased. The structure in the painting represents such a platform. The posts and railings of this platform are represented by a broken arrow to symbolize broken treaties and promises. A symbolic warriors shield is in the background
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28" x 24" Acrylic and gel on Canvas
The raised circle in the center is symbolic of the warrior’s shield. Its shape is correlated to that of the sun in the upper right corner. The warrior has fought and now he/she becomes one with the earth. The two vertical cylinders are symbolic of death rattles to commemorate the passing.
30" x 24" Acrylic and gel on Canvas