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another way to see the coyote

Originally posted by Shauna Turner (aka the Tipi Lady on Marmion) on Nela List

I have noted a number of 'coyote sighting' posts over the past couple of months. Seemed appropriate,  given my place in the Mt Washington community to share this American Indian elder's view 'seeing  coyote'.

Shauna Turner (aka the Tipi Lady on Marmion)

Elder's Meditation of the Day - July 25

"People need to wake up. They can't hear God's voice if they're asleep."  --Vernon Cooper, LUMBEE

Black Elk, a Sioux, talks about the hoop of many hoops. He says that above the people is a hoop, a  conscience, the total belief of the people. If the hoop is sick, meaning dysfunctional, co-dependent, a lot of alcoholism, family abuse, violence, racism and sexual abuse, the people can get used to this and think this is normal. In other words, the people are asleep. If we have left the spiritual way of life, the people are asleep. If we are giving our power to another entity, the people are asleep. In most tribes, there are Coyote Clans. The job of the Coyote Clan people is to wake the people up. They need to become a nuisance and irritate the people. We must return to the spiritual walk.

Oh Great Spirit, keep me awake today. Let me hear the voices of our ancestors...let me hear the voices of the Grandfathers. Because everybody is doing it doesn't make things right. Let me hear the truth  today and become a coyote for the people. Give me the courage to be willing to be different. Let me walk straight on the Red Road.


Nightmares & Landscapes

Drawings, etchings, paintings, video

Ronald J. Llanos, Aaron Martinez, Stephanie Mercado, Miguel Olivares, Rebecca Urias

Opening Reception:  Saturday, August 11, 2007 from 7-10 pm

The Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present its new exhibit, “Nightmares & Landscapes”, featuring drawings, etchings, paintings, and video from five young emerging artists.  The use of line is the  common thread.

Ronald J. Llanos deals with people -- at times real or a combination of reality and imagination. Honoré Daumier and Francisco Goya are two artists he is greatly influenced by.  In his series of robots, Ron explores human frailty and the darker aspects of fear, regret and loneliness as motifs for his work.

Aaron Martinez portrays his dreams, fantasies and memories, placing them in a surreal landscape evocative of comic book illustration and film noir. He graduated from Art Center College of Design with
honors.

Stephanie Mercado emphasizes absurdity through caricature and the theatrical, painting portrait-like depictions of individuals and archetypes within her Mexican-American community.  Using the circus as a
metaphor for life, Stephanie is constantly looking and searching for information that can be translated  into a critique of society.

Miguel Olivares appreciates the “awe” that children and the insane have, and fills his work with this  awe in a magical and fantastic manner.  He works in any medium necessary to formulate work in an “art brute” or surrealistic style.  Miguel will be presenting a video specially prepared for this exhibit.

Rebecca Urias’s charming images focus on childhood themes, street culture and violence.  Being raised a Chicana Catholic powerfully impacted her life. Rebecca paints with watercolors, ink and acrylics, and has no formal training.

When:  Opening Reception:  Saturday, August 11, 2007 from 7-10 pm
Where: Avenue 50 Studio, Inc., 131 No. Avenue 50,
Highland Park, CA  90042
Duration: August 11 through September 2, 2007