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By walt | August 31, 2011
This is a vedio we produced and just found it in the stack of Art projects.
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By walt | August 17, 2011
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By walt | August 10, 2011
Walters Art Quest began Dec. 29, 1990 the 100thanniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee 1890. The sculptures of the hundreds of Native American men, woman and children slaughtered that Christmas season in 1890. It is a way of making peace within himself. He say’s “ Grandfather Joseph taught us that when one has a polarity of emotions the relief comes from taking a prayerful physical action. Once that is started you are catapulted into the Spiritual purpose of the polarity and directed into the center of the Medicine Wheel to a place of Transformational Potential.” Thus Walter began his healing, that has transformed himself and emotional healing to others.
What happened at Wounded Knee was a dark moment in the Soul of America. “Manifest Destiny” Americas justification to dominate and capture territory and all its natural resources. Truth is there was tons of Gold on their Reservation in those Black Hills and some white men wanted to take it. The Government Policy was to wipe out the Buffalo and other wild game to starve the Indians into submission. We “Humans” are the only species that keeps another species from eating.
Some facts many Americans don’t know is that the 7thCalvary who had Bigfoot’s tribe captured at Wounded Knee was the remnants of Custer’s 7th Calvary who attacked the Indians and was then killed at Little Bighorn. Also the Indians at Wounded Knee where on their own land allotted in the 1868 Treaty. Bigfoot’s band was protecting his people and escaped 14 days earlier from a Northern reservation after Sitting Bull was assassinated. Back then the Indians where not allowed to travel freely to other visit other areas (divide and concur US policy).Scared they where on their way to Pine Ridge to meet with Red Cloud; who had negotiated better relations with the US Government through his victories and political skills. Bigfoot and his Band were disarmed 3 times, even the sewing awls where confiscated from the women. The Army set up on the high ground with Hotchkiss 3.2 cannons zeroed in on both Men’s camp and the separate Women and Children’s camp. The evening before, a merchant wagon delivered supplies including a barrel of whiskey to the 7tjh Calvary soldiers. The next Morning a loud crack sound was heard and the order was give to start what became a Massacre. Did you know 36 Medals of Honor where given to the soldiers for this hour of on slot?
Each sculptures carries a representations of those killed. “Walter says he will continue to sculpt these spirits as long as he is guided, “I just work here, I’m not in charge” , in fact he never sculpted before this Quest began”.
He goes on to explain,”When one goes on a Vision Quest to listen for a calling he/she sits for days with no food or water praying for a vision, a mission or a healing. A person would go in a humble way alone to lament and be with the Great Mystery for days and nights. Once the person takes the pledge and begins physical action ie. ties prayer flags to send his voice above, in that moment, Spiritual Reconciliation, the Quest begins to carry him. Far as I know the record for Vision Quest is 40 days and 40 nights by a Jewish Carpenter.
He continues, “Same thing for a Art Quest. An artist pledges to Spirit and hangs his/her prayer flags, thus begins the journey of mental, emotional and physical actions necessary of the artists’ medium. The artist then moves into a place of Transformational Potential (some call zero point) and is carried by Spirit along the journey of creation. This Joint Venture with Spirit may have trials, tribulations, visions, mental and emotional upheavals, insights, mistakes, peace and bliss. Animals, people, dreams and all creation will bring you gifts of encouragement and test along the way. The artist job is to pay attention to the signs along the trail of the quest and to offer it all up to Spirit.
Vision- “I would love to see the day (should they choose) when the 7th generation descendants of the 7th Calvary and the 7th generation descendants of the survivors of Wounded Knee meet on the hill at Wounded Knee for a healing Ceremony and offer up to the Great Mystery those Medals of Honor”.
His Art Quest contiues today.
*These Sculptures are not for sale. They are available as a group installation experience the Healing of that Holocaust.
By walt | July 18, 2011
Dad said I would knock those red bricks loose if I kept pitching the hard ball against em. I’d draw a strike zone with an old sheetrock chalk on the red bricks and pitch as hard as I could; hoping some scout would drive by and see me then sign me to the minor leauge Houston Buff’s . Those dreamy summer days in the 50″s.
Most of the time my pitching practices ended abruply with a crash of broken glass windows to the right. Another wild brush back pitch flying high and way inside.
By walt | July 1, 2011
Wednesday I went to the naming ceremony for the White Buffalo that was born May 12th near Greenville Texas. The Sacred Calf born during a thunderstorm has been christened “Lightning Medicine Cloud”.
The owners of the ranch Arby and Pat Little Soldier where gracious host and spoke of the birth of “LIGHTNING MEDICINE CLOUD” as a gift from the Great Mystery for all PEOPLE all NATIONS and the WORLD.
Personally I felt Joy all day long. The goose bumps and chills kept me cool until the ceremony finished then I nearly passed out from the 100 degree heat.
I honor those in full regalia dancing in the heat and doing ceremony for all in Human tribe.
I feel much hope from this gift from creator.
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By walt | June 24, 2011
The Giving Tree what a great book by Shel Silverstein so sad and poignant. The tree is “Greatness” Grandfather used to tell us around a camp fire. “the tree is stored sunlight” .
I loved to watch children swinging on the rope swing in our yard. They came from all around the neighborhood to play what they called pile on. The tree was blown down years later in a Huricane. What do you feel when you look at this frozen moment in time.
By walt | February 22, 2011
Spent last night jamming with my brothers they are so talented in song writing. Been working on one that my Godson Carter popped out with this summer. He amazed me with a bass lic and slide that set us rolling in the lyrics. I find the song writing process much like sculpting with found objects. I have a pile of Material (read Junk) people keep contributing to here at the ranch, it seems just when I need a shape for one of the sculptures, shazam , the object shows up. Other times I its the opposite and I go from there. Either way I don’t fight with the process just stay with it as long as the energy is flowing then I walk away, then come back sometime later, only from a different angle of approach. This way I can feel the third and fourth dimension of the shape of the art be it Song or Sculpture.
…….more later- Walt
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By walt | September 13, 2010
It was told around the villages for millennium that a Sacred Woman appeared to the Lakota people bringing the “Chanupa” (sacred Pipe) for their use here on earth. This is my interpretation of what I heard from Unci (Grandmother) long ago.
A long time back before time was captured by time pieces and clock radios. The ancestors of the Lakota nation told of a Holy event that happened in the Black Hills area of Turtle island. The people where hungry and needed to find the Buffalo nation to survive the fast approaching winter. The seer’s prayed and sent two scouts to search for their brothers and sisters the Buffalo.
The two scouts rode off and made camp for 3 days searching for the herd. On the fourth day they spotted a cloud of dust far off and watched as yellow buffalo came towards them out of the dust. The yellow buffalo charged towards them and then rolled on the ground creating another cloud of dust. Out of this cloud came charging a Red Buffalo. It too rolled and created a third cloud of dust and a Black buffalo came forth towards the scouts who were by then totally enthralled at what was happening right in front of their eyes. The Black buffalo fell to the ground and began rolling creating the fourth cloud of dust and from this cloud a White buffalo appeared walked toward them and when it was close transformed into a beautiful Woman who walked right up to the scouts.
She was wearing a beautiful ceremonial dress made of white buckskin. On her dress was a beaded red rose. The dazzling reflected sunlight made it look like no rose of this world. She walked the final steps approaching the two men.
One of the men wanted her sexually and took a step toward her. He immediately was turned into a pile of skull and bones .
The other knew she was Holy and he knelt before her and asked “how may I help you Sacred Woman”?
She talked to him with her mind. Return to your village and tell the people that in four days she would bring them a gift. She communicated to him how to construct a large ceremonial lodge to receive her and the gift.
She then turned and walked into a fast appearing white cloud and the wind picked up and blew the cloud away. In its place he saw a white buffalo running toward the horizon.
Seven days later the villagers where ready to receive her with a new Lodge they had built according to her wishes.
In the distance a scout spotted a cloud of dust forming in the nearby valley and the criers sang out. Out of the cloud came a yellow buffalo. And the people where amazed when it rolled in the dirt and came up Red. Charged toward them and rolled in to a cloud of dust and came out Black. On the forth rolled the Buffalo came out of the cloud of dust White and walked to the edge of the village laid down and rolled a dust cloud. Out of the cloud walked the most beautiful Maiden carrying a bundle in her arms. She did not speak words yet told them plenty as she walked into the Sacred Lodge.
Inside she knelt by the fire pit laid the bundle she was carrying on the ground carefully, as if it was a child. She began slowly opening the bundle. Inside were a Pipe stem and a pipe bowl. She pick both pieces up one in each had and with her mind spoke. This is the pipe stem he represents the masculine. She held up her other hand. This is the pipe bowl she represents the feminine. She put the two together making the sacred pipe whole and told them. When ever the Feminine has received the masculine surely the creator is present.
She then took a pinch of kinni-kinnick (Indian tobacco) from the bundle and held it up in the air towards the heavens saying this represents the Great Mystery . She placed it into the sacred pipe. Then took another pinch of kinic kinic held it to the heavens and said this represents the winged ones. She kept filling the pipe with blessings to the four legged, fishes, crawling ones, tall ones (trees), waters, star nation and finally the two legged (people) those in pain and suffering, orphans and those locked up spiritually in resentment and fear. And so the whole Universe and beyond was now represented inside the Sacred Pipe. She took a piece of fire and placed it in the pipe then drew in smoke and blew it towards the east and prayed then towards the south , the west and north.
She drew smoke and blew it towards the heavens and finally she blew smoke and touched the pipe to the earth. White Buffalo Calf Woman stood and held the pipe bowl towards her heart and the stem towards the heavens and she prayed for the people that they would thrive in harmony with Nature and the web of life would hold together because we are all related. She then gave the people the sacraments to use the pipe in the Sweat Lodge, Vision Quest, Adoption, Sun Dance, and Healings ceremony. Some sacraments have been lost through the years because of laws prohibiting the practice of their religion.
Until the American Indian Religious Freedom Act was passed in 1978. It was created to protect and preserve the traditional religious rights and cultural practices of American Indians.
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