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Cynthia Holmes - Painted Bear Shield

$ 250.00

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This painted deerhide shield was created by artist Cynthia Holmes, an enrolled member of the St. Croix Reservation.

Shield measures 12in x 23 in. Materials include shells, bells, horse hair, sage bundle, and various organic beads. Hoop is red willow.

Artist Statement:

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.