Indian Pipe Series, panel #9
A snapshot of the traditional native warrior at war dance.
The Lakota sweeps and bends in motion that breaks the air between earth and sky. Mysticism, preparedness, and spirituality combine in this graceful movement. Like a electrical surge in pressurized water, the Native American dances against his fear, in contrary to his foe's will, and in spite of overwhelming odds.
In the case of the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, frequently called "Custer's Last Stand", the men of the Lakota tribe went back to their tepees to dress appropriately for the oncoming conflict. Even when time was precious, they dressed with respect. Respect for their people, their own spirit, and the Great Spirit.
On his lips the warrior whispers "It is a good day to die". Here, there is an elegance in tradition even in the face of death.
Indian Pipe Series, panel #8
The bull bison, a representative of the all-embracing oneness we share, chases an official in riot gear.
Can anything compare to the unity of people on this planet? We, the people, gasped and recorded the tragedies of WWII, slavery, and the harsh colonization of distant lands. We have the ability to rise above the "sins of our fathers". In intelligent discernment and emotional awareness, we can have a very personal and internal awakening that no one is more important than anyone else.
This painting was created on the night the peaceful protesters of Standing Rock were being sprayed with water in 20 degree weather. As I painted, I constantly poured and sprayed water on the canvas creating the drips and watery movement.
Indian Pipe Series, panel #7
About the above image:
A curious American Bison moves to examine the Indian Pipe Plant. Mystery can surround us at any time and fortitude may be an inside guide. The translucent and the strong play against each other in this image. Native Americans revere the great buffalo as a true (and very physical) reminder of the greater whole. The sacred abundance which the land provides. The faith that the hungry will be fed. There is a turning point in our personal and communal lives. We, as a culture, can choose to legitimize our greed or broadcast our blessings. Here we are, in this world together! Come together all ye nations and rejoice! For the coming of a new year is upon us!
Indian Pipe Series, panel #6
Newsflash: Although the Dakota Access Pipeline's construction was halted, a nearby crude oil pipeline spilled 176,000 gallons in North Dakota just the other day.
Read about it HERE.
When will we as a culture begin to say no to this clumsy way of transport with a fuel that is destined as an outdated resource?
In the above image:
the celestial coyote makes its touchdown from the sky and paws or stops the underground pipe. In Lakota Sioux legend the coyote is both a trickster and a hero. Mushrooms bloom above the surface and the familiar circle, as the symbol of a foreshortened pipe, births from the cluster. Immortal divinity interferes with the destructive actions of mankind.
In 2016-2017, artist Daniel Kathalynas worked on a series of protest artwork called the Indian Pipe Series. The parasitic Monotropa uniflora plant (AKA the Indian Pipe plant) was symbolized as the pipeline. This is a reaction to the atrocities of unethical treatment of people committed on American soil by the conflict regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline.