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Paintings

'Anaangere 'Ekwaa Woon

Presenting an ongoing series of paintings that intricately capture the rich tapestry of diverse cultures within various Tribal Nations. This collection delves into the essence of different cultural practices and traditions, highlighting the eloquence of the hands and their meaningful actions. Initiated in late 2022, these paintings serve as a vibrant testament to the enduring heritage and practices that unite communities. As the series evolves, it continues to encapsulate the depth and beauty of indigenous traditions, fostering a deeper understanding of the shared human experiences that bind us all.

"Singing of the Birds"

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Dec. 2022

15”x 30”

Acrylic on Canvas

A cherished tradition among the indigenous tribes of Southern California is the art of Bird Singing and Bird Dancing. These tribes have passed down songs that hold significant meaning in special ceremonies, while many others are joyously shared within the community. Bird singing is a profound experience of harmonizing together in perfect unison, a melody that resonates through generations. With these hands, I sought to capture the essence of this harmonious tradition, honoring the shared heritage of Southern California's tribes.

In the collection of Dr. Eric Tippeconnic

"The Weaver"

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Dec. 2022

12”x 16”

Acrylic on Canvas

Basket weaving stands as one of the most ancient traditions woven into the fabric of tribal communities worldwide. Locally, the artistry of these baskets tells a unique tale, with distinctive patterns denoting belonging to specific tribes. This tradition, bridging the past and the present, endures, carried forth through generations. These skilled hands draw inspiration from the teachings of Lorene Sisquoc, a respected figure of the Ft. Sill Apache and Cahuilla tribes, celebrated for her unwavering dedication to preserving and passing down this sacred knowledge.

In the collection of Jessa Calderon 

"Blessings"

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January 2023

15”x 30”

Acrylic on Canvas

In the heart of Southern California, our blessings unfurl in the fragrant tendrils of burning white sage, a sacred ritual enshrined in tradition. Yet, this age-old practice, once revered and private, has sadly been misappropriated as a mere trend. The true essence of this ancient custom, steeped in spiritual significance, remains unparalleled. These hands draw inspiration from the teachings of Chris Devers, a revered member of the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians. It was his profound wisdom that graced my graduation honoring ceremony, infusing it with the authentic sanctity of the ages.

In the collection of Dr. Joely Proudfit

"Páaxwichat"

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Feb. 2023

18”x24”

Acrylic on Canvas

Beadwork stands as a cornerstone in native fashion, weaving intricate patterns into jewelry, regalia, and a myriad of other items. More than mere craftsmanship, beadwork embodies a profound sense of connection. Through the artistry of beading, I've encountered a tapestry of extraordinary individuals, their talents shimmering like the beads they work with. Whether crafting earrings inspired by fellow artists or discovering new talents at social events, beadwork has been a catalyst for meaningful connections. These hands draw inspiration from the skillful touch of Virginia Aguilar, a gifted local beader hailing from the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, enriching this craft with heritage and artistry.

In the collection of Chrystal Aguilar

"Peon"

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March 2023

18”x 24”

Acrylic on canvas

Within the cultural tapestry of Southern California tribes, the ancient guessing game known as Peon finds its roots. Enduring through generations, this captivating game continues to be cherished at local gatherings, drawing admiration from the tribe I've had the privilege to engage with. Guided by the skillful hands of Angel Jimenez, a passionate player of Peon and a proud member of the Kumeyaay tribe, the essence of this traditional pastime comes to life, connecting us with the timeless spirit of indigenous games.

 

In the collection of Dr. Joely Proudfit 

"Come and Get Your Love"

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March 2023

18”x 24”

At vibrant gatherings like Pow Wows, the mesmerizing 2-step dance often takes center stage. In this enchanting dance, partners intertwine their arms and hands, moving in perfect harmony as they follow the lead, creating an expansive chain of synchronized movements. The elegance of this dance is embodied by the graceful couple, Kiara Love Flores, representing the Kuupangaxwichem and Northern Ute heritage, and Mi’de Xxavier McKay Woon-A-Tai, a proud member of the Oji-Cree tribe. Their skilled hands and passionate spirits bring the 2-step to life, weaving a captivating tale of unity and tradition on the dance floor.Acrylic on Canvas

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"Woven Through Generations"

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March 2023

15”x 30”

Acrylic on Canvas

When we engage in the art of hair braiding, we infuse it with the purity of our intentions, a gesture that takes on profound significance when it's the tresses of a beloved individual we weave. The act of braiding becomes a powerful symbol, as we intertwine three sections of hair, each one representing the mind, the body, and the spirit.

In my youth, my mother would lovingly braid my hair, creating cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on my heart. As the passage of time bestows maturity, I find myself continuing this timeless tradition by tenderly braiding her hair. In this cycle, we bridge the generations, preserving this beautiful connection that transcends both time and space. The hands that perform this act of love and tradition are mine, as I braid my mother's hair, perpetuating the legacy of our shared bond.

"Tule Boat Launch"

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May 2023

24"x24"

Acrylic on canvas

 

Dr. Stan Rodriguez, a luminary in the Kumeyaay community, has served as an extraordinary mentor, generously imparting his vast knowledge to those eager to learn. Among the many enriching experiences I've had, one that stands out is the annual tule boat launch event that Stan orchestrates with finesse.

In the lead-up to the launch, a dedicated team of participants seizes the opportunity to craft these unique vessels. I had the privilege of capturing this intricate process, showcasing the deft hands of Dr. Stan Rodriguez guiding the creation of a tule boat. His wisdom, combined with the hands-on involvement, encapsulates the essence of this ancient tradition, fostering a deep appreciation for the artistry and heritage of the Kumeyaay people.

Woven Through Traditions

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June 2023

24x24

Acrylic on canvas 

During a work trip, I had the privilege of immersing myself in the vibrant tapestry of local tribes in Northern California. What struck me most was the subtle yet profound differences in the traditional regalia crafting compared to the techniques in Southern California. While the weaving materials bore similarities, it was the unique method of donning the basket cap that truly captured my attention.

In this captivating moment, I observed a beautiful tradition: the delicate art of placing the basket cap, a task undertaken with utmost reverence. It was particularly moving to witness a mother, Maggie Peters of the Hoopa tribe, and her daughter, Nae-rew Martin, gracefully honoring this age-old custom. Through this painting, I sought to immortalize the essence of this ritual, encapsulating the deep respect and intergenerational connection that defines the rich cultural heritage of these tribes.

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