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Transending Duality

Thunderbird and Fawns      Gouache on Paper, 1941

Velino Shije Herrera

1902-1973, Zia Pueblo

 

Frank and I are fortunate to be members of the Museum of Northern Arizona. The Museum was founded in 1928 by Captain and Mrs Harold S. Colton and was originally established to protect and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of northern Arizona through research, collections, conservation and education. MNA's mission to inspire a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau through collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the region’s natural and cultural heritage. As members, Frank and I were able to be married in the courtyard of the Colton House, and a friend of ours is an archeologist working for the Museum.

 

I'll feature a few of my favorite art pieces from a recent exhibit:  "Transending Duality"

 

"The young artists at Santa Fe Indian School, like Native students all over the country, left their homes behind to get an education at a government operated boarding school. For many, art became a way to maintain a relationship with their now distant sources of identity. They developed a distinctive style building on traditional symbolism and activities such as hunting, tending sheep and attending ceremonies. This visually dynamic exhibition, rich in color and symbolic meaning, looks at the work created by some of the Southwest’s greatest Native painters"

 

Click Here For More Information on the Exhibit

Transending Duality

Thunderbird and Fawns      Gouache on Paper, 1941

Velino Shije Herrera

1902-1973, Zia Pueblo

 

Frank and I are fortunate to be members of the Museum of Northern Arizona. The Museum was founded in 1928 by Captain and Mrs Harold S. Colton and was originally established to protect and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of northern Arizona through research, collections, conservation and education. MNA's mission to inspire a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau through collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the region’s natural and cultural heritage. As members, Frank and I were able to be married in the courtyard of the Colton House, and a friend of ours is an archeologist working for the Museum.

 

I'll feature a few of my favorite art pieces from a recent exhibit:  "Transending Duality"

 

"The young artists at Santa Fe Indian School, like Native students all over the country, left their homes behind to get an education at a government operated boarding school. For many, art became a way to maintain a relationship with their now distant sources of identity. They developed a distinctive style building on traditional symbolism and activities such as hunting, tending sheep and attending ceremonies. This visually dynamic exhibition, rich in color and symbolic meaning, looks at the work created by some of the Southwest’s greatest Native painters"

 

Click Here For More Information on the Exhibit

comments (18)

i can relate to leaving behind family for education. i am curious about the reason why the fawns have different postures/orientations and not vertically symmetrical, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes, I understand... the difference being that the Native Americans were forced to... ?
I find that interesting as well, Ayush - perhaps he specifically didn't want it to look perfectly symmetrical - In their cultures (as with other ancient beliefs) to strive for perfection is to insult God - only HE can be perfect. So there will always be something to mar the design - for instance, an odd red bead in an otherwise turquoise bracelet, etc.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Dec 2019, 04:34
Very good, arn't they!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I think so - this was one of my favorites!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 9 Dec 2019, 05:51
This is just dynamic, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh I agree, Lisl!
Jolie scène !
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: thank you, Martine!
I would be hugely drawn to such a museum, Elizabeth, because of my love for the Native American peoples. Thank you for sharing this. It reminds me of how they view gay people as those with two spirits.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I think you would be, Ginnie - You would love everything about it. And yes - they have a beautiful way of looking at LGBTQ's.... and those people are proud!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Dec 2019, 06:49
This is very nice Elizabeth, all to do with speed surely..
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: This was one of my favorite pieces
J'aime vraiment beaucoup le coté épuré de ce tableau !
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it unique! One of my favorites from the exhibit
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Dec 2019, 06:55
What great design and colours here, Elizabeth and what a story behind this. You are lucky to have this at your fingertips.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it lovely! We are very lucky - we go to the Museum every other month or so. We especially like the Festivals they have... performances by Native Americans for the Hopi Festival, Navajo and Zuni... then the Dia de Los Muertos. There's always something!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Dec 2019, 06:59
Fascinating stuff and a very worthwhile project to support. I like the diving thunderbird very much.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: We love this Museum, and the various exhibits and festivals. And this is probably my favorite piece from this exhibition.
I read your reply to Ayush which is a fascinating insight into their culture
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I love learning about their culture and traditions! My good friend, Marina is Hopi -and she says I'm the most Native white girl she's ever known! smile A true compliment! smile
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 9 Dec 2019, 08:33
An imaginative work, I quite like a bit of gouache.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - I really love this piece! I bet you do! smile
Powerful symbolism, Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Indeed! This is my favorite piece from the exhibit!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Dec 2019, 11:34
I always wonder about the fancy English like Transending Duality. What about Dunking Double smile

Great graphical art.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: NO- That's not nearly as classy!!! smile
Thanks, Louis!
love the design/painting

My late wife's business partner and closest personal friend and her husband moved to Arizona in 1998 to Prescott.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's my favorite piece from this exhibit.
I do remember you saying!
This is an interetsing post Elizabeth, I do like this graphic very much.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm so pleased you think so, Brian! This is my favorite piece from the exhibit!
Transcending to me would have the bird going up. It seems to be dive-bombing quite fiercely here.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes it is! Transcending Duality is just the name of the entire exhibit...
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 9 Dec 2019, 20:12
such a brilliant image
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: My favorite piece from this exhibit!
An interesting art work!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I really love this piece!

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