Original Artwork - Colored pencil on ledger paper (ledger paper writing is dated 1960)
Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi & Cherokee)
A young Hopi girl in a traditional dress carries a red umbrella to protect her from the sun’s rays. She is wearing her hair in small buns called Naasomi on each side of her head. The story behind this artwork is from an event Dawavendewa attended at one of the Hopi villages which were hosting a ceremony. It was a sunny day and many of the women and girls held umbrellas to cover them from the sun’s ray. As the day passed great clouds billowed upward and darkened the sky. Suddenly a great deluge of rain came down and all the Hopi people put their umbrellas away and removed their hats. Tourists stood or ran confused as Hopi people continued to watch the ceremony, getting soak by the heavy rain. Some of the Hopi men went to the tourists and ask that they not cover from the rain. “We have spent all this time praying for rain for our people and crops, this is a blessing that you do not hide from”. Everyone was soaked and very happy.
- Artwork measures 7.5 by 9.5 inches (19.05 by 24.13 cm)
- Placed in 11 by 14 inches (27.9 by 35.5 cm) Matted frame with backing board.
- Includes a description of the artwork, information on the indigenous culture inspired by, and a biography of the artist.
- Matted artwork is placed in a clear resealable envelope.