Santa Fe, NM
Wooly Mammoth Cave Art
Photograph - Embossed Handmade Pottery
From the Blue Jaguar Medicine Arts Collection, this Wooly Mammoth is reproduced from the Lascaux Caves in France.
What are petroglyphs? Literally translated, the word means 'rock writing'. Created by ancient peoples sharing and saluting timeless truths about human life, spiritual forces, and man's place in the universal stream, petroglyphs can be found at sacred sites throughout the world. Seen by many as humanity's first universal 'medicine art' language, these cryptic carvings unite us with a time when man, spirit & nature worked in harmony as one intelligent, compassionate force. Petroglyphs commemorate births, deaths, ceremonial events and shamanic rites of passage, and are revered by spiritual elders for their 'mana', or living spiritual power.
In the 1990's, these hand made art works were shown through the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, representing the indigenous arts of Hawai'i at an international conference celebrating the 'Year of the Indigenous Peoples'. They have been shown extensively throughout the Hawaiian Islands, including the Polynesian Cultural Center, The Bishop Museum, the Hana, Maui, Cultural Center, The Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Imax Theatres, the Duty Free Shops in Honolulu International Airport, The Elephant Walk in the Hyatt Regency Maui, The Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, The Hotel Hana gift shop, and Waikiki Trader's Endangered Species stores.
In 2005, a special piece with a Hopi petroglyph entitled 'Bringing the Light' was presented to the First Lady of Kenya, Mrs. Lucy Kibaki, by the noted late humanitarian Father Angelo D'Agostino, S.J., M.D., as an honorarium for her personal and political support given his Nyumbani Village Project, a medical center, orphanage and hospice eco-village in Kenya.
The works have also found their way into the hands of such celebrities as Whoopi Goldberg, Spike Lee, Woody Harrelson, Yoko Ono, Peter Gabriel, Jean Michael Costeau, Gary Shandling, and 'Sweet Honey' of Sweet Honey and the Rock. Many have been presented as gifts to highly respected medicine healers and tribal elders.
Each piece is hand made in clay and embossed with authentic designs ceremonially reproduced from rock carvings, cave paintings, geoglyphs, and sacred shamanic objects from the world's tribal peoples.
November 28th, 2012
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