Night Panther

Art Type
Original acrylic on birch bark on wood panel
Original Painting
Size (in)
Panel (H x W x D): 12 x 10 x ½ in
Size (cm)
Panel (H x W x D): 30 x 25 x 1 cm
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Notes from DaVic Gallery:  ‘Night Panther‘ is simple and beautiful painting on such treated surface of rough appearance.  Night Panther, also known as Mishipeshu or the Water Panther…  In mythologies of the indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes, underwater panthers are described as water monsters that live in opposition to the Thunderbirds, masters of the powers of the air. Underwater Panthers are seen as an opposing yet complementary force to the Thunderbirds, and they are engaged in eternal conflict.  Underwater panther was an amalgam of features from many animals: the body of a wild feline, often a cougar or lynx; the horns of deer or bison; upright scales on its back; occasionally feathers; and parts from other animals as well, depending on the particular myth. Underwater panthers are represented with exceptionally long tails occasionally with serpentine properties.  The creatures are thought to roar or hiss in the sounds of storms or rushing rapids.

Mishipizheu were said to live in the deepest parts of lakes and rivers, where they can cause storms.  Some traditions believed the underwater panthers to be helpful, protective creatures, but more often they were viewed as malevolent beasts that brought death and misfortune. They often need to be placated for safe passage across a lake. As late as the 1950s, the Prairie Band of Potawatomi Indians performed a traditional ceremony to placate the Underworld Panther and maintain balance with the Thunderbird.