White Dog Art

kachina

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Painted Ponies on August 12, 2011 at 10:35 am

original watercolor aceo 3.5 x 2.5 c8/2011

In the Hopi tongue ‘kachina’ means sacred dancer. Beautiful name for this war horse. He is fast, smart and brave. The red hand print signifies that he has knocked down an enemy. This symbol is usually found on the chest, but, since the other end is presented in this painting, I took artist’s license and moved it.

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  1. magnificent! it’s hard to imagine that all this is in such a small format!

    • I am about ready to start painting a bit bigger. At least sometimes. There are some paintings which I can’t do in a mini piece. ♥ gretchen

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  2. Thank you for telling about this symbol. I (who knows almost nothing about horses), find it difficult to imagine that such a friendly looking animal could knock down an enemy. So the painting of the hand is actually honouring the horse?
    The painting is beautiful.

    • Yes. It does honor the horse. I believe that it was to serve the warrior also in the honoring of the horse. They were a team. Their energy together was very powerful. Native americans honored nature and wildlife. All was sacred to them. ♥ gretchen

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  3. Gretchen, wonderful. Such soulful eyes for a brave animal. Do you have a book you could recommend about Indian symbols and myths?

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