Cynthia Holmes - Painted Bear Shield
This painted deerhide shield was created by artist Cynthia Holmes, an enrolled member of the St. Croix Reservation.
Shield measures 12in x 23 in. Materials include shells, bells, horse hair, sage bundle, and various organic beads. Hoop is red willow.
Energy is the medicine that supplies us. Love and Peace are what sustain us. Whether coral deep from the Mediterranean or turquoise from the earth’s belly, I negotiate these relatives into colorful arrangements. The tenuous but supple deer hide – has my back at every turn. My task is to bury the prayer within.
I am an Ojibway enrollee at St. Croix Reservation in Hertel, WI.