Based on Lakota, Navajo and Kiowa bear legends, this oil painting by Dawn Senior-Trask, depicts The Great Bear of the Lakota, who sleeps at the edge of the world. Symbolizing wisdom, the ice-bear sleeps with one eye open and knows everything that is happening in the world. He sleeps in a sweat lodge, for it was the bear who brought knowledge of the sweat lodge ceremony to the Lakota. He also brought them music.
Among the minerals under the earth are images of Tingling Maiden (of Navajo lore), who mistakenly believed that her twelve brothers had murdered her husband, Coyote. Using the powers Coyote had given her, she turned into a Great Bear and buried her heart and her breath, so she could not be killed. She killed all but her youngest...
I have been an artist since I was knee high to a short-horned locust. My dad, Willoughby Senior (FAA) was a professional artist and writer and I have stepped in his shoes since I was born, though he drew horses better than I did when I was a kid. My family lived in a hand-hewn log cabin we built ourselves in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and had no water or electricity. I love my life with my husband and family in Wyoming among the horses, gophers, deer, antelope, coyotes, red-tailed hawks, and the wild landscape. My work is driven by the land, animals, wild plants and birds I have come to know so well. Hummingbirds still try to get nectar from my upturned fingers.
My artwork consists of all these things and more...
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