Atelier Sidney Tendler
Projet Anasazi” dans les Atelier Tendler :
The new project (2019):
The word Anasazi is a Navaho word meaning variously « the ancient ones » or « the enemies of our ancient fathers. » The idea is to visit North American regions were the ancestors of indigenous people lived when the Europeans arrived. Below the places visited:
– New Mexico
1 – Chaco Canyon
*Deep in the remote deserts of northwestern New Mexico lie the extensive ruins of the greatest architectural achievement of the northern American Indians. Known as the Chaco Canyon complex, the site was the main social and ceremonial center of the Anasazi culture. We do not actually know what these people called themselves; Paul Devereux, a British scholar and writer in the so called « Earth Mysteries » field has suggested that these lines (and others he has studied around the world) are better understood as markings that represent the out-of-body spirit travels of ancient shamans.
2 – Taos
*The Taos Pueblo, which borders the north boundary of the town of Taos, has been occupied for nearly a millennium. It is estimated that the pueblo was built between 1000 and 1450 A.D., with some later expansion, and the pueblo is considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States. The pueblo, at some places five stories high, is a combination of many individual homes with common walls. There are over 1,900 Taos Puebloans living within the greater pueblo-area community. Many of them have modern homes near their fields and live there in summer months, only staying at their homes within the main North or South pueblo buildings during cooler weather. About 150 people live within the main pueblo buildings year-round.
The Big Horn Medicine Wheel
*No indigenous people have publicly claimed to have built the Big Horn Medicine Wheel. During negotiations to include the Big Horn Medicine Wheel to the registry for National Historic Landmark and Sacred Site status, theCrow stated that the Wheel was already present when they came into the area. However, the Wheel rests within the Crow homeland, an area that the Crow say was given to them by the Creator when No Vitals, the visionary Crow Leader (circa 1400-1600), had his vision of stars descending into tobacco blossoms while he fasted and prayed on the highest mountain in the Bighorns. Oral history from several indigenous nations sets the Big Horn Medicine Wheel as already existing, having been built by « ancient ancestors » or « people without iron. »
The Big Horn Medicine Wheel is a sacred site to many people of many nations. Although the Wheel was built high above the Bighorn Basin, and the climb up from the basin takes effort, a wide and deep cut ancient trail takes the traveler directly to the Wheel
Legend Rock State Petroglyphs
Impressive group of petroglyphs in Thermopolis.
*The first occupants of the Mesa Verde region which spans from southeastern Utah to northwestern New Mexico, were nomadic Paleo-Indians who arrived in the area c. 9500 BCE. They followed herds of big game and camped near rivers and streams, many of which dried up as the glaciers that once covered parts of the San Juan mountains receded. After 9600 BCE, the area’s environment grew warmer and drier, a change that brought to central Mesa Verde pine forests and the animals that thrive in them. Paleo-Indians began inhabiting the mesa in increasing numbers c. 7500, though it is unclear whether they were seasonal occupants or year-round residents. In Mesa Verde, an interview with Mr. Peter Pino, former Governor and today the religious leader of the Zia Pueblo, one of the Anasazi’s descendants.
*Ute people are Native Americans of the Ute tribe and culture and are among the Great Basin classification of Indigenous people. They have lived in the regions of present-day Utah and Colorado for centuries, hunting, fishing and gathering food. In addition to their home regions within Colorado and Utah, their hunting grounds extended into Wyoming, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. They had sacred grounds outside of their home domain that were also visited seasonally. Spiritual and ceremonial practices were observed by the Utes.
There were twelve historic bands of Utes whose culture was influenced by neighboring Native Americans. Although they generally operated in family groups for hunting and gathering, they came together for ceremonies and trading. The Utes also traded with other Native American tribes and Puebloans. When they made contact with early Euro-Americans, such as the Spanish, they also traded with them. After they acquired horses from the Spanish, their lifestyle changed dramatically, affecting their mobility, hunting practices, and tribal organization. Once primarily defensive warriors, they became adept horsemen and warriors, raiding other Native Americans and Puebloans. Their prestige was based upon the number of horses they owned and their horsemanship, which was tested during horse races.
* Sources: Wikipedia/Colorado State Government/Ute Tribe/nps.
Highlights during the 10 days visit of the different regions:
– videos, photos and watercolors of the landscape and relevant architectural and cultural sites.
– Interview with a Shaman from the Zia Pueblo.
– Beginning of the painting process, color scheme and sketches.
– Canvas size: 5′ x 5′; 1.50 x 1.50 mt. – Number of canvas: 9
N° sur le plan: 107
Lieux d’exposition: 8 Rue Frits Toussaint – See-U.
Expose le Vendredi – Samedi – Dimanche