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I Stand for my Horse


This painting was inspired by some lines from the Navajo "Song of the Horse", a traditional "song cycle" praising all that is both physical and metaphysical about the horse in the eyes of these people. Those of us who know and love horses understand these words completely and feel exactly the same way. This is not the first painting I have done on this theme- in fact it's the fourth! It is turning into a real work in series as I strive to depict ever more completely the spiritual nature of the horse and of the horse-human relationship.

This painting is acrylic on raw canvas, handpainted frame of oak, 30"x 40", c. Luna Rivera, 2000.

Scroll below the image to read some verses from "Song of the Horse"





The Holy Wind blows through his mane
his mane is made of rainbows
my horse's ears are made of round corn
my horse's eyes are made of stars
my horse's head is made of mixed waters
my horse's teeth are made of white shell
the Long Rainbow is in his mouth for a bridle
with it I guide him

When my horse neighs
different-colored horses follow
when my horse neighs
different-colored sheep follow
I am wealthy from my horse

Before me peaceful
behind me peaceful
under me peaceful
over me peaceful
around me peaceful
peaceful voice when he neighs
I am everlasting and peaceful
I stand for my horse.


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