Cynthia Holmes - Painted Water Protectors Water Panther Hanging Shield
This painted deerhide shield was created by artist Cynthia Holmes, an enrolled member of the St. Croix Reservation.
Hide measures 20 in x 28 in, stretched hide on red willow hoop. Has a horsetail on shield and contains coral, abalone, 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.