Cynthia Holmes - Painted Water Protectors Turtle Island Hanging Shield
This painted deerhide shield was created by artist Cynthia Holmes, an enrolled member of the St. Croix Reservation.
Hide measures 26 in x 37 in. Features Turtle Island, water panther, sun, moon, star, coral, and shells.
Energy is the medicine that supplies us. Love and Peace are what sustain us. Whether coral deep from the Mediterranean or turquoise from the earth’s belly, I negotiate these relatives into colorful arrangements. The tenuous but supple deer hide – has my back at every turn. My task is to bury the prayer within.
I am an Ojibway enrollee at St. Croix Reservation in Hertel, WI.