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Indian Summer

October 28, 2009

Here is a recently completed tapestry series dedicated to the memory of Minnesota and The Song of Hiawatha, the poem, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  These works consist of altered art, assemblage, and collage techniques using resurrected public domain images, stones, feathers and other natural items, beads, fabric, handmade paper and mixed media materials. These pieces each have a rod pocket on the back for hanging the work.  They sell for $125 each:





Details, Details, Details!

 “…And the lovely Laughing Water
Seemed more lovely as she stood there,
Neither willing nor reluctant,
As she went to Hiawatha,
Softly took the seat beside him,
While she said, and blushed to say it,
"I will follow you, my husband!" ”

from chapter 10, Hiawatha’s Wooing

For the complete poem go here, from the University of Virginia:

Want to know more?  Check it out on line.  Here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia:

Hiawatha and Minnehaha sculpture by Jacob Fjelde near Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Song of Hiawatha is an 1855 epic poem, in trochaic tetrameter, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, featuring an Indian hero and loosely based on legends and ethnography of the Ojibwe (Chippewa, Anishinaabeg) and other Native American peoples contained in Algic Researches and additional writings of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft.[1] In sentiment, scope, overall conception, and many particulars, the poem is very much a work of American Romantic literature, not a representation of Native American oral tradition, although Longfellow insisted, "I can give chapter and verse for these legends. Their chief value is that they are Indian legends."[2]

Longfellow had originally planned on following Schoolcraft in calling his hero Manabozho, the name of the Ojibwe trickster-transformer in use along the south shore of Lake Superior at the time, but in his journal entry for June 28, 1854, he wrote, "Work at ‘Manabozho;’ or, as I think I shall call it, ‘Hiawatha’—that being another name for the same personage." [3] Hiawatha, was not, in fact, "another name for the same personage" (the mistaken identification was actually made by Schoolcraft then compounded by Longfellow), but a probable historical figure associated with the founding of the League of the Iroquois.[4] Because of the poem, however, Hiawatha came into use as a name for everything from towns to a telephone company in the upper Great Lakes region where predominantly Ojibwe, not Iroquois, reside.[5]

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2009 11:25 pm

    Very cool! I love that you provided the history with your artwork too, it helped to bring it to life. Hope you are doing well and have found some peace in the chaos that is your life right now!

  2. October 28, 2009 8:21 pm

    Just beautiful….

  3. Terry S. permalink
    October 28, 2009 8:53 pm

    Outstanding job on these tapestries. Very impressive!

  4. October 28, 2009 11:55 pm

    Jennifer, your art work is awesome. So much detail. I love the story behind the art.

    I scrolled down and read your extensive and strenuous move. I’m exhausted just reading about all you have done. Keep your eye on the prize because that is the only way you will keep your sanity. Big smile. Look forward at all times.

    Blessings and best wishes, Jeanne

  5. princessrunninglips permalink
    October 29, 2009 11:51 am

    i am so proud…absolutely gorgeous….

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