In this new series, I retell the the Cherokee folktale How They Brought Back Tobacco. This myth tells about the near-extinction of our people when we were on the verge of losing The Ancient One or the Old Tobacco plant, a sacred plant that was essential for our survival. 

 

Each block in my block printing process is first sketched with graphite and next carved by hand. This block is then pressed onto handmade cotton paper and layered with my own unique monotype printing process. 

If you read my first post on the Cherokee myth How They Brought Back Tobacco you will remember how the unstoppable Hummingbird. This piece To Summon the Stars speaks to our ability to summon even the highest more unimaginable goals when we listen to our inner calling and believe in our strength, no matter how small we are. Two arrows shoot toward the Heavens in order to insure the safe passage of the Immaculate.

This piece can be found at Cielo Handcrafted on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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