Ptesanwin (Buffalo Maiden)


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Ptwsanwin, Buffalo Maiden, is a sacred woman of supernatural origin, central to the Lakota religion as the primary cultural prophet. Oral traditions relate that she instructed a young man to go back to his people and tell them to prepare for her arrival to teach them the way to pray. When she arrived with the sacred bundle (the prayer pipe) she taught the people of the sacred ways to pray.

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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:  If you see something you like – even if it’s sold or if you would prefer it in another size – please contact me:

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Image size: 7.5 x 9.5 inches; 11 x 14 inches, matted.

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Acrylic, collage, feather on paper

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