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Spirit War – Ghost Shirt

Spirit War_K Henderson

Spirit War, 30 x 40, oil on canvas

American Indian prophet, Wovoka, began the Ghost Dance religion in an attempt to bring peace between the Indians and the Whites. It brought together element of Paiute, Christian, Shaker and Mormon religions.  From the latter, Wavoka made use of the Mormon Endowment Robe, a robe “emblazoned with sacred symbols… reputed to protect the wearer from Satan and physical harm”

The Ghost Shirt is painted with symbols as a prayer to ask for natures help in restoring Peace and Abundance. The shirt was also said to protect the wearer from bullets.

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Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Indian

Indian_K Henderson

Indian, 22 x 28, oil on canvas

Indian was painted in honor of America’s Pioneer Motorcycle, The Indian, which was first manufactured in 1901.

With this painting I am revisiting a series of artwork I did several years ago which included  figures along with product logos using American Indian images in the background

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Posted by on October 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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To the Victor

 To The Victor_K Henderson

To The Victor, 36 x 30, oil on canvas

This painting shows a Plains Indian with a half-painted face wearing eagle feathers, a beaded shirt with Hair Drops and carrying a shield

Hair Drops are tufts of hair used to decorate shirts, leggings, robes and other items, It is said that they were first made from scalp hair but later horse hair was substituted

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Posted by on October 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Heart of Courage

Heart Of Courage_K Henderson

Heart of Courage, 36 x 36, oil on linen.

We’ve all seen old photos of American Indians in uniforms.There are many reasons for that. Of course we remember the scene from Dances with Wolves where the ‘discarded’ coat was pick up and became the possession of the new owner.

After a battle useful items would be taken including clothing. Not only was it practical but the items would be a sign of Victory.

Surplus military clothing was also given to the Indians when there were put on reservations.

And most importantly, lets not forget that the American Indians have fought in every war that this country has had.

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Posted by on October 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Assiniboine Amulet

Assiniboine amulet_k henderson

Assiniboine Amulet, 8 x 10, oil on canvas

Small leather medicine pouches or amulets were made by the Plains Indians and worn around the neck or attached to clothing or shields. These bags could be plain or decorated with beads, shells etc. It’s what was inside the bag that was most important. These small bags would contain protection, luck, and healing power. Stones, feathers, metal, animals claws or teeth, and herbs may be placed in these bags. Each was personal to its owner and would contain items that were significant to the individual.

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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Reflections – American Indian

Reflections by K Henderson

Reflections, oil on linen, 36 x 30

Otter Breastplates were worn by the Plains Indians and were commonly decorated with Trade Mirrors
Fur traders introduced Trade Mirrors to the American Indians in the 17th century. Reflective surfaces were thought to have mystical powers and these mirrors were quickly adopted for use as decorative additions to warbonnets, otter breastplates and bustles, as well as for signaling mirrors.

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Posted by on October 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Eagle Medicine

eagle medicine by K Henderson

Eagle Medicine, 12 x 9, oil on canvas.

I’ve been painting some large and complicated paintings lately and felt the need to paint something small.

This is a beaded amulet that would be worn as a necklace or in the hair. It could also be attached to a shield or a shirt. The Eagle talons were used as means to be connected with the eagle who was a messenger to the spirit world.

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Posted by on October 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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A Time of Honor

A Time of Honor R K henderson

A Time of Honor, 36 x 30, oil on canvas

This modern day American Indian is wearing a Mop Top, Feathered Hat or also called Mandan Headdress. The origin of this hat comes from the Dog Men or Dog Soldiers The Dog Soldier was a common society amongst most of the Northern Plains tribes throughout the 18th century. As most societies which exsisted, it was exclusive to those who proved their worth both on and off the battlefield.

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Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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We are the Dreamer of Dreams

we are the Dreamer of Dreams by K Henderson

We are the Dreamer of Dreams, 36 x 36, oil on canvas

I created this painting in 1999. It appeared in South West Art magazine that same year. I still get phone calls about it. I wish all my paintings were this popular.

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Posted by on October 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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The Birds at Lovetts Gallery

The Crow WhispersMy Name by K Henderson
The Crow Whispers My Name, 20 x 30, oil on linen

Another opening, Another show at Lovetts Gallery

The Farm Shopping Center, 6528 E 51st St, Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 664-4732
October 24, 2015

The Birds

An exhibition of original works of birds, about birds and inspired by the Hitchcock classic (though not necessarily all of the above).

Exhibition opens Saturday, October 24th, 2015, 10:00 – 5:00

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2015 in Uncategorized