My new "Spirit Dancers" are a minimum of 12" tall!
Many have asked how I create them....
I begin with polymer clay and I use an Exacto Knife point, a dental pick and a carpet needle to fashion the facial features and then bake the head. I truly have no plan, design, pattern, and no blueprint. Each "Dancer" leads me along choosing paint colors, fabrics, drawings, etc.
(Each Dancer requires a minimum of 5-10 days to create.)
Truly, the Spirit leads my mind and my hands and
I feel an incredible sense of honor and responsibility
upon completion of each Dancer!
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This Dancer stands on a piece of mesquite wood with turquoise stones and a bear paw; his headband continues the design in his breastplate with silver cones; his braids are entwined with beads and 4 bear fetishes, one of which is carved in pipestone (from the sacred quarry in Minnesota, a place which all warring tribes understood to be neutral territory while they collected the red stone for their pipes). His fur cloak is covering his right arm that is holding a painted medallion of the Bear Spirit on the Sacred Hoop background. The left staff hosts beads and another bear fetish. There is a piece of turquoise on his moccasin.
She dances for “Change, Balance and Divine Providence” Spirit Dancer.
She is loaded with detail.... the Butterfly on her head represents Change, Balance and Messages from “those who have gone before” ..... the “Ojo de Dios” (Eye of God) held in her hands represents the “All Seeing Divine Providence” ..... she honors the gift of life from the sun on her chest.
"White Buffalo Gift" Spirit Dancer
White Buffalo Calf Woman (Ptecincala Ska Wakan): The Gift of the Sacred Pipe
The Seven Sacred Rites (symbolized by the 7 small feathers hanging from the pipe) are traditional rituals used with the sacred pipe in accordance with the Buffalo Calf Woman’s teachings.
Sioux legend tells of a young woman (2,000 years ago) who first appeared in the shape of a white buffalo who gave the Lakota’s ancestors a sacred pipe with sacred ceremonies and made them Guardians of the Black Hills. Before leaving, WHITE BUFFALO CALF WOMAN prophesied that one day she would return to purify the world, bringing back spiritual balance and harmony. The birth of a white buffalo calf would be a sign that her return was at hand.
“Cleanser of The Earth Spirit Dancer” The mythical “Thunderbird” in Native America is considered to have great powers for extinguishing evil.... Thunder is the sound of the flapping wings and lightning is the glint in the bird’s eye ... rather like a warning that a Cleansing of the Earth is forthcoming. Oh that an immediate cleansing would happen! ...... I painted a different “symbolism” of Thunderbird with a bolt of lightning on the white buckskin shirt and on the leggings. On the Dancer’s left staff is a bolt of lightning I fashioned from a thin sheet of aluminum.... and another bolt of lightning on the base. The face paint symbolizes angry grey clouds with lightning bolts emanating therefrom. His braids (thrown over his shoulders) are not showing because I did not want to cover the shirt painting. Braids are tied off with 2 silver arrowheads,symbolizing the Thunderbird’s Warrior spirit in eradicating evil. This Dancer appears to be upset and “on guard!” This one took a lot of my energy this time!
WOW! What an incredible review on “Cleanser of the Earth!” .....Thank you Mortakai LeBeaque!
“I agree with the statement that the Dancer appears to be upset and "on guard." Totally appropriate for what is going on in our world today.
The lightning bolt on the base is particularly striking because it is white on black and stands out. In viewing the "whole" dancer from a distance, you appreciate the warrior nature. But the warrior nature is not combative but rather righteous reckoning
The message you were moved to create is heard loud and clear. Looking at the dancer, he portrays many of the feelings inside of me. Good job. Let's hope soon you will be led to create a dancer of love and light.”
“Native Guardian Spirit Dancer” .... For my White Earth Chippewa cousin living in Idaho who was given the name “Wolf Protector of The People.”
I am trying my best to avoid this ugly world by staying at my art table until the wee hours of each morning! 3 am last night!
I just completed
"Creation 1" Spirit Dancer .....
"Red Sun" Spirit Dancer is only about 7” tall ......
but she is a giant with her message.... even her expression is sad.... In her right hand is a small painting I did and I was a bit surprised to see that the sun appears to be ominous. There are two gorgeous beads on her white-rope-wrapped Staff ... two orbs in space? None of this was planned.... it just “happened!”
SHE HAS FOUND A HOME!!!!
"Freedom" Spirit Dancer
I cannot sing or play musical instruments. I have only one small voice to contribute! However, I have been blessed with a bit of creativity which I have used to enhance my words! “Freedom Spirit Dancer” (4 days of work! Whew!) Look closely at the words in the rolled parchment on top of the staff in her right hand! May she dance her Prayer while twirling throughout the Universe in order to preserve Our Great Country!
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Stafford continues to push me forward and, in his memory,
I will forever adjust to the "Hole in the Day" but will "begin again!"
"Thank you" to so many for prayers and encouragement!!
In memory of my son,
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will go to the
"Stafford Alan Clark-Price Feline Memorial Scholarship Fund"
at the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
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