Keepers of Faith and Family
Acrylic on board, 40" x 30"
Simply titled “Mother and Child”, this
Edward Sheriff Curtis photograph sets
the stage for the surrounding artifacts
which reflect parental love and guidance.
Whether Plains, Plateau or Pueblo, bead
and quillwork, basketry, weaving and
cooking were women’s work, and loving
instructional messages might be
imbedded there. The child’s moccasins
with American shield motif, woven steps
and crosses in the Navajo garment, and
the wearing of the dragonfly cross
necklace reflect deep spirituality.
Influenced by the Spanish, later by
American pioneers, it remained a
mother’s legacy to pass Native values on
to those following in her steps.