96apache's condo

96apache's condo

"Skawedah" and "Ya Ta Hey" (Apache for "Hello" and "Welcome"). "Hohnday ohn day aim bohn" (An old Apache dialect) which we translate into English as "Good to see you!" Please be patient, as this takes a bit to load! It will be worth your wait!

Here's a pic of Mansquez and me taken in Las Vegas in March, 1997. Although I'm not really 96 nor an Apache, nor a Native American from any other tribe, I enjoy the Indian images and shall feature them here. Additions and/or changes are made regularly.

SMOKE SIGNAL

On May 4, 1999, the new golden one-dollar coin design was announced by the White House. The obverse, by Glenna Goodacre, depicts Sacajawea, the young Shoshone woman, in three-quarter profile. In the Shoshone verbal legend, Sacajawea is described as having large dark eyes, a feature included in this portrait relief. On her back she carries Jean Baptiste, her infant son, whom she carried and cared for on the 3,000 mile Lewis and Clark expedition.

The reverse, by Thomas D. Rogers, Sr., presents our nation's symbol, a soaring American bald eagle, encircled by 17 stars representing the states of the union at the time of the 1804 Lewis and Clark expedition. The new coin went into distribution in March, 2000. Please see the US Mint site at Mint for further information on Sacajawea and the new coin.

One of my favorite Indian artists is Bev Doolittle...here are samples of her paintings. See her two books, "The Art of Bev Doolittle, Text and Poems" by Elise Maclay ($65.00) and "New Magic" ($30.00). One of America's foremost artists, she is credited for "camouflage painting", as she is known for hiding people and animals.

"Music in the Wind"
Look beyond the obvious to see...a Native American "flute" player emerge from a Rocky Mountain landscape of forest rocks and pines. Does the Blackfeet Indian woman hear the flute played by a loved one or simply the echoes of nature?

"Let My Spirit Soar"

"The Forest Has Eyes"

At first glance, this might appear to be a trick painting, but look carefully again, for her works convey other messages. Here we read the story of a mountain man, not easily frightened but respectful of the ways of the Indians. Passing through Indian territory, he is wary. He is also alone far too long; that is when his imagination takes over, creating images and persuading us they are real. His eyes play tricks. Does the forest have eyes?

"The Season of the Eagle"
This was going to be a snow-shape painting, but turned into a reflection painting as an exciting image in Doolittle's mind.

The Native American had special reverence for the eagle.

Three Indians, riding into a remote canyon through a narrow passage, fasten their gaze on something high in the sky, which seems cut off from us as viewers. The artist tells us to look down instead of up to see a golden eagle, the good omen.

"The Good Omen"

Doolittle explains, "In the life of the Native American, every new day, every encounter with bird or beast, and everything he owned or wore, related to his religious belief that all creatures were the creation of the same great power, and therefore were brothers."

"Prayer to the Spirit of the Buffalo"

This mountain man senses he has intruded on sacred Indian land. He feels watched and threatened. His horse plunges forward, anxious to get away.

"On Sacred Ground"

"Two Indian Horses"
In one of her most popular camouflage paintings, Doolittle chose a landscape distracting enough to make it fun for the viewer. Two Blackfoot Indians, pictured here, are camouflaged by their surroundings. In the full picture, a cavalryman walks away on the right. On an ordinary day, this is a dramatic incident about to happen, a tale of Indian ingenuity.

"Two More Indian Horses" and "Three More for Breakfast", two more Doolittle paintings.

The forest and the mirror on the birch tree now tell a new story. As the mountain man enjoys a quiet early morning and cooks his bacon for breakfast, unexpected guests are about to make their presence known. Look carefully and you will see them!

"Pintos"...another good example of Doolittle's "camouflage".



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