‘Warrior Horse‘ by First Nations Mi’kmaq artist Loretta Gould – Original Woodland Art style painting presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
Condition: No condition noted.
Description by Artist: No description provided
Notes from DaVic Gallery: ‘Warrior Horse‘ – Horse and warrior are one. Warrior speaks through his horse… Four is a recurring number in this painting. The Four Cardinal points on the Medicine Wheel are the Four Sacred Directions, represented among the Ojibwe by the colors yellow, red, black and white. Blue represents Father Sky in the upper realm, Green represents Mother Earth below, and purple represents the self, that spirit that journeys in this physical world, at the center of the wheel.
These powerful cavalry warriors combine mobility with hand-to-hand combat skills. The Ojibwa Horse Warriors’ maneuverability makes it possible for them to cover large distances quickly and bear down on enemy threats beyond other units’ range. Wielding bows and tomahawks, the Ojibwa bombard foes with an assault that is both swift and terrible. They are an excellent force to counter skirmishers.
Historically, the Ojibwa were friendly with the French and fought alongside them against the British during the French-Indian Wars. Unfortunately, the Ojibwa had to deal with the British victors when the war was over. Rather than learning from the good relationships the French had built up, the British discouraged any camaraderie and ceased the annual tradition of gifts to the tribes. This provoked Pontiac’s Rebellion, an uprising consisting of many tribes, including the Ojibwa, under the Ottawa leader Pontiac.