Ghost of the White Deer

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Date: 2016
Medium: Framed Print
Dimensions: 18 x 23 inches (23-3/4 x 28-1/3 inches framed)
Edition: 2/10
Provenance: Of Memory, Bone, & Myth – February 2017 Colonel Eugene E. Myers Art Gallery, Grand Forks, ND
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Influenced by Chickasaw Nation (located in Oklahoma) Ghost of the White Deer.

A young warrior of the Chickasaw Nation fell in love with the daughter of a chief. The Chief did not like the young man, who was called Blue Jay. So, the chief invented a price for the bride that he was sure that Blue Jay could not pay.

”Bring me the hide of the White Deer,” said the chief. The Chickasaw believed that animals that are all white are magical.”

A month passed, and Blue Jay did not return as he had promised Bright Moon. As the months dragged by, the tribe decided that he would never return.

But Bright Moon never took any other young man as a husband, for she had a secret. When the moon was shining as brightly as her name, Bright Moon would often see the white deer in the smoke of the campfire, running, with an arrow in his heart. She lived hoping the deer would finally fall, and Blue Jay would return.

To this day the white deer is sacred to the Chickasaw People, and the white deerskin is still the favorite material for the wedding dress.

Ghost of the White Deer, 2016, is from a larger series depicting indigenous myths.

Signed on the mat board.

Additional Information

Weight6 lbs
Dimensions27 × 3 × 21 in