24 October 2017

Lorna Allan .  Artworks

Spirit of the Chugach.
Title:Spirit of the Chugach.
Artist:Lorna Allan
Status:For Sale
Price Range:$2001 - $5000
Size:600mm high x 900mm wide
Spirit of the Chugach.
In the northern spring of 2010, early May I ventured again into the incredible world of Alaska. It�s a stunningly beautiful place and one of my favorite parts is The Chugach National Forest and Prince William Sounds. There on that early May morning with a group of others we went on a float trip down a remote river. Because we were floating quietly and the birds are not use to humans they were unafraid and we were able to get quite close, just drifting. I could see their interaction with the world around them and even the light in the eyes of this one. It was a very moving experience and from that journey came -
�Spirit of the Chugach.�
Below is an explanation of this huge and breathtakingly beautiful National Forest and also of the symbolism of the Bald Eagle in North American Native culture. To me this bird is powerful and beautiful. It has a haunting cry as it wheels overhead or calls to its mate or young. Two years previously I spent some weeks in an area of South East Alaska where I looked out to a nest high in the tree where there were two baby eagles. Both parents fished and cared for their offspring and then one day about a month after I had returned to New Zealand I received the news that the branch had broken and the nest fallen with the little ones in it. The parent birds flew around for days crying and calling. Sadly the little ones had died.
The Sacred Eagle Symbol
The Eagle is perhaps the most highly revered sacred symbol in Native American culture. As a bird the eagle is known to be the highest flier amongst all others and therefore has a different perspective of the earth. The Natives linked that to the perspective of the Creator who watches the creation from up above. Hence the Eagle became a symbol for the all-encompassing divine spirit.
The eagle is also taken as a symbol of power, truth and freedom as it soars in the sky. The spread out wings of the eagle represent the balance that exists between males and females. It goes to show the interdependency between man and woman.
The Natives assigned the eagle with the task of carrying the prayers of men from the physical world to the spiritual world. It was also a custom amongst the Natives to hold up the feather when one was required to speak the truth. No one could think of lying with the eagle feather in hand. When someone is gifted with an eagle feather it is considered to be the highest honor.
The feathers of the eagle were considered to be so sacred that a woman was not allowed to touch them when she was going through her menstrual periods. It was not allowed to place eagle feathers in drawers or cupboards rather it should be held up in honor.
The Chugach National Forest is a 6,908,540-acre (27,958 km2)[2] United States National Forest in south central Alaska. It is located in the mountains surrounding Prince William Sound including the eastern Kenai Peninsula and the delta of the Copper River. It is the second-largest forest in the U.S. national forest system, and is the northernmost national forest. The Chugach National Forest envelops Prince William Sound and is surrounded by the Chugach Mountains. It was originally designated in 1907 by Theodore Roosevelt and was originally 23 million acres (93 000 km�) in size. Approximately one-third of the area of the forest is rocks and ice. .