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Steve Yatsattie: Bear/Butterfly Maiden, Painting

Steve Yatsattie: Bear/Butterfly Maiden, Painting


The detail and vibrant colors bring this painting to life. The combination of the bear and the butterfly maiden symbolizes strength, transformation, and the natural world, which are significant elements in Zuni culture. The use of acrylic paints on a wood base adds texture and depth to the artwork, further enhancing its visual appeal. Whether displayed in a living room or office, this painting will undoubtedly serve as a captivating focal point that sparks conversations and admiration for the rich artistic traditions found within Zuni culture.

Maiden (kyatsik'i): All types of maidens are part of this collection: Corn Maiden, Grandmother Maiden, Butterfly Maiden, Maiden of Blue Corn, Maiden, etc.

Butterfly (Bu:la'kya): In its short life butterfly (Bu:la'kya) transforms from a tiny egg to a crawling caterpillar, then becomes an outwardly still cocoon until a winged creature emerges. Butterfly medicine shows us the significance of each stage of transformation. Butterfly dances on flowers, tastes nectar and flowers through their feet, sees the hidden spectrum of ultraviolet, and gracefully flies on invisible atmospheric currents, displaying balance and poise. Although butterfly looks delicate some varieties tenaciously migrate incredible distances of up to 3,000 miles. Butterfly's element is the air, symbolic of mental realms. Our minds can go in any direction and our thoughts can take any form. Butterfly navigates this positive transformation easily and brings powerful beauty to the world.

Bear (Anshe): Bear was the principal animal for the Pueblo People, and they are the most prevalent subject of Zuni fetishes. Bear fetishes are used for healing, protection, strength, journeying, mothering, hunting, and gathering. Bear‚ hibernation reminds us of the value of going within.

Dimensions: 5" X 2/16" X 7" Purchased 

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