Project Description

Promised Land

This piece refers to an old hymn and the Cherokee “Trail of Tears” as contemporary sacred material. A group of native Americans travels through a valley from a place of darkness to a place of light. The group of three persons—an old man, a child, and a pregnant woman—are meant to represent a “trinity” of divine presence. One person is carried on a litter, whether old and dying, ill, or about to birth, we do not know. Gold yarn in the lower right references the discovery of gold in Georgia, part of the reason for Indian removal from their ancestral lands. An arrowhead, a gift from our pastor, is included. A “Finding Stone” leads the way. As in all the pieces, beads and other ornaments suggest Wisdom’s jewelry. 48″ x 36″  1994

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