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Name of Print - Is Love an Elephant...?

Line from a poem by Carl Sandburg.

Price: $140.00 | Print Size 15.5"x 20.5" |







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Name of Print -The Animal Tree

The human being is the earthly symbol of the sacred tree in animal form. The tree is called the Animal Tree.

It represents human growth and learning. The tree we see above the ground is called the Sun Lodge Tree. It represents the half of the mind we understand as being awake. The tree below the ground, which we know as the roots, is called the Moon Lodge Tree. This represents the half of the mind we experience when we are dreaming, our sleep dreams and also our daydreams.

The Sun Lodge Tree is our conscious mind, the Moon Lodge Tree is our subconscious mind.

From Hyemeyohsts Storm
Song of Heyoehkah
Ballantine, New York, 1981

Price: $150.00 | Print Size 17"x 17" |







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Name of Print - I See the Eagle

A wood block print depicting a soaring eagle in the Eastern sky.


Price: $150.00 | Print Size 15"x 28" |







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Name of Print - How the Deer Got its Horns

In the beginning, Deer had no horns, but was known as a great runner. Rabbit, in turn, was known as a great jumper, and the other animals decided to stage a race between the two, with a pair of beautiful antlers as the prize. The match was to be held in a forest thicket; the two were to start together, run through the thicket, turn around and return. The first out of the thicket would be awarded the horns.

On the day of the race, while the others were admiring the horns, Rabbit, claiming he was unfamiliar with the terrain, asked if he could look through the bushes. The animals agreed, but when Rabbit took too long, they sent a messenger to check on him. The messenger discovered Rabbit gnawing through the thicket to clear an easy path for himself. When Rabbit was accused of cheating he denied it, but the animals proved his deception, declared the race invalid, and awarded the Deer the antlers, which he proudly wears to this day. The animals told Rabbit that since he was so fond of gnawing down bushes, that would be his lot in life, and so it is to this day.

Cherokee Tale
from
The Portable North American Indian Reader
edited by
Frederick W. Turner III
The Viking Press, Inc.
1973, 1974

Price: $150.00 | Print Size  16" x 16 1/2" |








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Name of Print - How the World was Made

In the Cherokee creation story, the earth is a great island floating in a sea of water. In the beginning it was flat and very soft and wet; the animals living high above the sky arch were impatient for it to be dry enough for them to move down, for that habitat had become very crowded. They sent out different birds to check its condition, but each time they returned, having found no place to alight. Finally they sent the Great Buzzard, father of all buzzards, to make the earth ready for them. He found the earth was still very soft. By the time he reached the Cherokee country, he was so tired that his wings struck the ground as they flapped. Wherever they struck the earth they formed a valley and where they turned up again a mountain was formed. When the animals saw this they were afraid the whole world would be full of mountains, so they called him back. However, the Cherokee country in North Carolina remains mountainous to this day.

When the earth was dry, the animals came down and found it still dark. They set the sun in a track to cross the earth-island daily from east to west, but the conjurers had to raise the sun several times until finally it reached seven hand-breadths above the earth, so that it was not too hot as it followed the great arch of the sky.

Cherokee Tale
from
The Portable North American Indian Reader
edited by
Frederick W. Turner III
The Viking Press, Inc.
1973, 1974

Price: $150.00 | Print Size 15 1/2" x 15 1/2" |







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Name of Print - Why the Possum's Tail is Bare

Long ago the possum had a long, bushy tail of many colors. He was so proud of it that he would spend much time grooming it and bragging to the other animals that his tail was the most beautiful in all the forest. Finally the animals grew tired of his bragging and decided to put an end to it. As the next great animal council and dance approached, the animals invited possum to be the lead dancer. Possum was so excited at the prospect of showing off his tail at such an event, that he asked cricket, the master barber of all the animals, to groom his tail for the dance. When cricket arrived to dress the possum's tail, possum stretched out and dozed as cricket supposedly brushed his tail and wrapped it in deerskin to keep it in place until the dance. But in reality, cricket was cutting the hair on possum's tail down to the roots, so that it was naked and ugly! At the dance that night when it came time for possum to dance, he loosened the deerskin and took center stage, dancing and singing about how beautiful his tail was. All the animals began to laugh, and when possum looked back at his tail and realized the trick that had been played on him, he rolled over and played dead rather than face the embarrassment!

From
Living Stories of the Cherokee
collected and edited by
Barbara R. Duncan
The University of North Carolina Press
Chapel Hill & London
1998.

Price: $150.00 | Print Size 15 1/4" x 15 1/4" |

                   
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