His Messenger – Our Prayers 2010
Madoc Marble (maquette)
12.0 x 10.0 x 9.0 inches
6.0 x 5.0 x 4.5 feet (full scale outdoor artwork cast in bronze)
His Messenger – Our Prayers is a vision and tactile rendering of the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the Creator. I many indigenous cultures, Eagle is regarded as the Creator’s messenger. In many indigenous cultures, the burning of tobacco, sage, sweet grass or cedar is also a means of having our prayers rise to the Creator.
In His Messenger – Our Prayers our prayers are carried on the wings of an eagle as it is set free in fire and smoke. The prayer being offers is the Thanksgiving Address - Ohenton Kariwahtekwen. Design considerations do not allow for the full text so icon and text will be used to highlight: The People, Our Mother Earth, The Grasses/Plants/Vegetation, The Three Sisters, The Waters, The Wild Animals, The Trees/Bushes, Maple, The Birds, The Four Winds, The Thunderers, Our Elder Brother – The Sun, Our Grandmother – The Moon, The Stars, Teachers and The Creator
Art can be a powerful vehicle to share political and cultural perspectives. Hopefully, His Messengers – Our Prayers will help all peoples – native and non native – realize we sometimes need divine intervention to get the most out of respect, wisdom, good minds and cooperation. We should never think we can or need to face life toughest challenges alone.
David M. General