Many Native American peoples share a belief that they emerged from the Earth. The Hopi, the westernmost group of Pueblo Indians, is one of these peoples. Here, the artist interprets the Hopi origin story when the Hopi met Maasaw, caretaker and creator of the Earth, and promised him they would help care for the world in exchange for being allowed to stay. The tribes joy and celebration is illustrated. Under Maasaw’s order, the Pueblo Indians began a sacred quest to find “center spaces” and live in harmony with the Earth, the Sky, the Wind, the Water and all things living.
This piece is created entirely by hand, using sugar maple, wood burning tools, india inks.