Gilapa (Snake Woman)
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The story of Gilapa (Snake Woman) illustrates the unique relationship between snakes, life and death. Gilapa, a young Navajo woman is drawn into the earth by the Snake People. She finds herself near the Lake of Emergence, the place where the first human beings came into the world. She studied with the Snake People and learned important healing arts. When she returned to the world above, she brought healing chants that were passed on for generations.
This work is part of my Katsina (or Kachina) Series. A Katsina is a supernatural spirit in the religion of the Pueblo native people of the Southwest, primarily the Hopi and Zuni living along the Rio Grande and Colorado Rivers. For the Hopi, the word katsina refers to three distinct but related entities: the invisible spirits who are an essential part of Hopi life, the personification of those spirits in ceremonial dances, and the carved and decorated dolls given to infants and women. Katsinas are generally thought to deliver clouds, rain, goodwill, and prosperity. My Katsina series pays tribute to the many female katsina spirits, the immortal beings that bring balance to the world. More works can be seen on my other website: www.southwestabstractions.net. If you see something you like – even if it’s sold or if you would prefer it in another size – please contact me: Bonnie.Binkert@gmail.com
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Size or Dimensions
14 x 11 inches
Acrylic, collage, feather on canvas, 14 x 11 inches.
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