Grandfather's Great Wisdom

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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Featured in Statues and Such, 29-Aug-2013

Top Ten, 4th place, in Dedications to Statues Challenge, Just for You Dedications, 23-Jul-2013

Featured in Just For You Dedications, 22-Jul-2013

This stunning statue is outside the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair NJ USA. It is a beautiful image of a Native American grandfather showing his grandson how to hold a bow. The museum has a permanent collection of outstanding old and new Native American art and often has special exhibits that feature Native American culture. This statue is outside and in a prominent spot at the center of the circular drive. It almost looks alive to me – stunning work.

I dedicate this to the Native American First Peoples of the USA. My heart is with them always – my great grandmother had a bit of Cherokee blood, but I also think because the way I was brought up to value and treasure all human beings and cultures, the atrocity that the USA did to the first peoples is a tear in my heart forever. There is no way I can undo the damage or repay these precious peoples for their stolen land, culture, way of life, heritage. When I go to museums I tear up every time. In high school I wanted to join VISTA to work with these people on the reservations, and a young man I counseled in Youth for Christ has married a Navajo woman and is living on a reservation and working with peoples there. This makes me proud. If there was some way I could honor them and recognize them I would do it – in my small way I say I am sorry and I value and admire their faith, loyalty, reverence of the land and nature and beautiful art and culture.

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