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When We Once Sang by K Henderson

When We Once Sang by K Henderson

When We Once Sang. 30 x 36, oil on canvas

This Plains  Indian wears eagle feathers in his hair. He holds a feather wing fan. His shirt is beaded.

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Crow Medicine by K Henderson

Crow Medicine by K Henderson

Crow Medicine, oil on board, 10 x 8,  © K Henderson

The use of animals parts was a way to connect man with the the Spirit World. Using the talon of a hawk or eagle was a prayer to give the warrior the ability to strike his enemy as successfully as the bird strikes it’s prey

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Eagle Medicine by K Henderson

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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Golden Eagle by K Henderson

Golden Eagle by K Henderson

Golden Eagle is 40″ x 30″, oil on linen

 This painting is a continuation of my ‘Top Hat” series. In the 1880’s The Powers That Be in the United States Government would invite American Indian leaders to Washington. There they were given gifts such as clothing, flags, hats etc. The recipient would then use these items as they saw fit. This hat is decorated with parts of a flag, an emblem from a helmet, ribbons and feathers

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I Arise from the Dark of Night

I Arise from the Dark of Night, 30 x 40, oil on Canvas

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The colors of the painting are almost monochromatic earth colors. The title comes from an American Indian story that tells of the Raven rescuing the stolen sun and returning it to the sky.

The Warrior wears feathers from many birds. His shield is painted with a bird image. He wears white stripes of paint on his face.

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They Came No More – American Indian

They Came No More, 36 x 36, oil on canvas

I’m gearing up for summer shows and hope to have several paintings to post in the next month.

This is a painting of a Plains Indian with a beaded and quilled shirt. He carries a shield with a golden eagle bundle. This bundle was a token of power. It could be removed from the shield to be carried, used in rituals or placed in a dwelling.

 

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Crow Medicine – American Indian

Crow Medicine, oil on board, 10 x 8, © K Henderson

The use of animals parts was a way to connect man with the the Spirit World. Using the talon of a hawk or eagle was a prayer to give the warrior the ability to strike his enemy as successfully as the bird strikes it’s prey

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To The Victor – American Indian

To The Victor, 36 x 30, oil on canvas

This painting shows a Plains Indian with a half-painted face wearing eagel 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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Eagle Medicine – American Indian

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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Why I paint American Indians

I recently was asked this question and thought you may be wondering the same:

“I’m not going to ask the usual questions, about photos, models ect. But why Indians?”

Good question “Why Indians?”

I think it’s because of where and when I was raised.
I grew up in Oklahoma, Land of the Red man. I lived there most of my life until I moved to New Mexico. So American Indians are familiar to me.

I also grew up when television was dominated by Cowboys and Indians. American Indians are nostalgic for me.

I’m also of Cherokee heritage so American Indians are family to me.

 

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