Date: December 2013
Media: Ink & Digital Color
Size : 16" x 20"
Categories : Illustration
Prints Available : Yes
This piece was created to show how the same creature, in this case a Barn Owl, is viewed differently by different cultures. Here I chose to show the views of the Dakota Hidatsa and Hopi Native American perspectives.
The Dakota Hidatsa people viewed the Burrowing Owl as a protective spirit for their warriors. While the Hopi people viewed the Burrowing Owl as the god of the Dead, and symbol of death.
To illustrate each of these views, I chose to use natural symbolism.
Nasturtium, The flower held by the top owl, and found to his right, is a symbol of protection.
Nightshade, Held by the bottom owl, is a symbol of death.
Antlers/Bone, Chosen to convey the predatory nature, and enforce the ‘god of the Dead’ view.
Foxglove, found near both owls, is a symbol of duality.