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sacred wisdom

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ravens and Crows, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on January 7, 2018 at 4:32 pm

Watercolor 1/2018 5 x 7

 

This is just one of so many Native American tales about Raven as well as other animals. I love to read them.

 

When Raven was killed

Raven had played so many tricks on mankind for so long that one day a great chief decided to kill him. The chief caught Raven unaware and threw him into a large skin bag. Then he began to climb to the top of a steep mountain. Raven asked from inside the bag “what are you doing, where are we going.” The chief ignored Raven. Raven told the chief that bad things would happen if he hurt Raven. But the chief did not listen and finally on top of the mountain, he threw Raven off the mountain. Raven was torn to pieces falling. The chief had killed Raven.

Everyone in the village was happy and they celebrated for days. Then they noticed that all the water was gone. The lakes and rivers were dry. The shaman told them that the water had vanished because the chief had killed Raven. Now the people wanted Raven to come back.

The shaman told the chief that he would have to put Raven back together again. So the chief put all the pieces back together again. Raven came back to life and started to fly away. “Stop” cried the chief. “All the water is gone and only you can return it.” Raven flew higher and said “Look around you, there is water everywhere.”

The chief then turned and saw that the lake was full and that the river ran deep and fast again. As Raven disappeared in the distance, the chief promised never to try to kill Raven again.

Because of his powers and role in their heritage, Natives do not kill ravens.

 

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blackfoot

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Fox, Wild Things on February 20, 2017 at 11:53 am
watercolor aceo 2/2017

watercolor aceo 2/2017

‘When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love’.

………..Thich Nhat Hanh

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wild strawberries

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Black Bears, Wild Things on November 26, 2016 at 4:31 pm
watercolor original 11/2016

watercolor original 11/2016

‘All life is sacred and all creation related. What we do affects the whole universe, so let us walk in balance with Mother Earth and all her peoples.’

-Smiling Bear-

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ghost wolf

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Wolves on October 25, 2016 at 4:19 pm
watercolor 10/2016

watercolor 10/2016

There are wolves who call the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia their home. 90% of their diet is from the sea and they swim miles between the islands of the  Pacific Northwest. They are very elusive just like the spirit bears who live on the same islands and are so rarely seen by man. Their DNA is different from their larger mainland wolf cousins and they are a reddish brown color. They move like ghosts along the shoreline. It would seem that these little seen wolves have something in common with the white spirit ravens and the white spirit bears who also live in the same area.

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spirit cat

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Zenkats on September 25, 2015 at 2:52 pm
watercolor aceo 9/2015

watercolor aceo 9/2015

‘And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more fearful than it was to blossom.’    Anais Nin

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great bear vision

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Black Bears, Wild Things on July 12, 2015 at 3:10 pm
watercolor aceo 7/2015

watercolor aceo 7/2015

O’ Great Spirit…help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when others speak, and to remember the peace that may be found in silence.
     Cherokee prayer

shines in the snow

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Ice Bears on April 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm
watercolor aceo 4/2015

watercolor aceo 4/2015

‘Perhaps they are not stars,

but rather openings in heaven

where the love of our lost ones

pours through and sines down

upon us to let us know they are happy.’

……Inuit

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sweetgrass

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Wild Things on February 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm
watercolor aceo 2/2015

watercolor aceo 2/2015

Sheep are known to self-medicate when they have some illnesses and will eat specific plants when ill that can cure them. I like that and I find them endearing myself. They certainly have been helpful to the survival of humans for eons.  Maybe this one is related to the golden fleece? 

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flower of the woods

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Black Bears, Wild Things on January 29, 2015 at 9:02 pm
watercolor aceo 1/2015

watercolor aceo 1/2015

“Man belongs to earth,
earth does not belong to man.”
 
– Native American Proverb

ancient one

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Owls, Things with Feathers, Wild Things on January 16, 2015 at 3:34 pm
watercolor aceo 1/2015

watercolor aceo 1/2015

The Eskimo Wind Drum, is a circle that has no beginning nor ending, in which we all belong. Only The Great Creator holds the handle, and every time He touches upon the rim, He hears the heart beat of mankind. The stronger the heart beat the healthier mankind is.

This is a powerful heart-prayer from the ancient Eskimo tradition:
‘My hope is that we will all have a strong heart beat

so we can be healthy together
and since it is your heart beat
every time you talk to your heart
she will always speak back.’

The lesson for all of us is to learn how to listen to our hearts.

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