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E-wah-Nee-nee
For Life in All Directions

Smithsonian Comissioned

The central four figures are symbolic of the spin of the universe, the balance tension between opposites and the directional perspectives of native peoples.

There are two women and two males clasping hands in the center while reaching out in the four directions, north, south, east and west.

They are acknowledging all life in all directions. The two dancers on either side are Pueblo Rain Dancers. I am acknowledging my own tribe here. They show the balance of male and female energies and the prayer for rain, which is life.

The designs and articles on the dancer’s clothing represent the animal and natural world around us. We believe the spirit and energy of these beings are still alive in the feathers, evergreens, skins, shells, dirt…etc…

Patterns of clouds, rain, rivers, mountains, valleys, and rainbows are woven and painted on, to show the energies of the world that we live in. This is our home that loves us.

The eight masks are representative of all peoples and their many different faces. They look out at us and we look back at them. They are reflections of ourselves.

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