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The lower portion of the red landscape is overlaid with a grid containing symbols which are a diamond within another diamond with a dot in the center.

This symbol to the plains Indians represented the medicine man or more generally a foretelling of the future, which was one of the functions of the medicine man.

If you examine closely, you will see that the tails of the two Scissortails are slicing and cutting the diamond symbols into pieces as they fall into the “deed” portion of the painting.  And the land that in the past has belonged to the Comanches has been severed and now is being traded among the buffalo hunters and the “Americanos”.

“Omen”—a warning sign of change and a cutting of ties with the past.

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“Omen”

“Omen” is my recent painting that shows Comanche Chief Quanah Parker on horseback, traversing the brilliantly crimson Caprock escarpment at sunset, when abruptly he is visited by a pair of Scissortail Flycatchers.  Life, as his people have known it for generations, is about the change.

The Scissortail was a native bird to the Llano Escatada and was distinct because of its notoriously long tail feathers that ratcheted back and forth during flight, much like a pair of scissors, thus the name.  To many plains Indian tribes, encountering a Scissortail Flycatcher, either in a dream or in person, was an omen or message of cutting ties with one’s past.  The cutting action of the birds’ tail feathers was symbolic of severing the observer from familiar ways.  The birds are decrying that Chief Quanah Parker’s culture and livelihood would soon be altered by the encroaching “Americanos” and the ensuing land grab.  The setting sun is symbolic of the ending of the Comanche Nation’s “day” or reign as imperialistic power brokers of the land they had controlled.

The painting is acrylic, painted on 1890s, historic, handwritten deed documents from Parker County, Texas, glued to the canvas.  It is especially noteworthy that Parker County was named after Isaac Parker, the uncle of Chief Quanah Parker’s mother, Cynthia Ann Parker, the infamous white captive girl.  These documents conveyed land which was at one time controlled by the Comanche Nation. Thus pertinent relics of this story are embedded into the artwork, giving it an additional dimension and meaning.

The lower portion of the red landscape is overlaid with a grid containing symbols which are a diamond within another diamond with a dot in the center.  This symbol to the plains Indians represented the medicine man or more generally a foretelling of the future, which was one of the functions of the medicine man.  If you examine closely, you will see that the tails of the two Scissortails are slicing and cutting the diamond symbols into pieces as they fall into the “deed” portion of the painting.  And the land that in the past has belonged to the Comanches has been severed and now is being traded among the buffalo hunters and the “Americanos”.

“Omen”—a warning sign of change and a cutting of ties with the past.

Media

Acrylic on historic documents glued to canvas.

Dimensions

48" X 60"

Image Type

Original Painting by Terry Browder (NOT a Copy)

Contact For Price

325-669-6856

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