Mahaloness

Contemporary artist specializing in full spectrum painting, mural, animation and digital hybrid art.

Peaceful Sequoyah (edited)

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Tonight I went to a talk by blood member of the Choctaw nation and traveling Medicine man, Sequoyah, which translates into ‘pigs foot’, a humbling name given to a man who is without a doubt in my mind, out there, doing the good work. He talked to a full attentive room for a good couple hours, we travelled back in time, and gained knowledge that is the best kind of knowledge, right from the source; without censorship or the often Eurocentric point of view. I have to admit when I entered the room last night I was a little bent out of shape, the hustle and bustle of the day was on my mind, and in two sweeps of an eagle feather and a condor feather, sage and cedar smudge positively zapped my negative energy away. Sequoyah revealed a history so many Canadians and Americans simply do not have access to; a history that was swept underneath a rug with hopes of it being forgotten. One person at a time Sequoyah is changing that. He is a man of many stories and each one he told gave me shivers up and down my spine, duende. Sequoyah shed some light that some of the weight I carry is a remnant of my ancestors, the great burden of colonial expansion and ignorance. His words woke me up, made me rethink a few things I thought I knew. Last night renewed why I write this blog, Mahaloness, which is to be in constant thankfulness and gratitude for gift of life, the breath. We all have our stories, and what is so striking about Sequoyahs is his message of peace and love by overcoming the adversity and challenges he has faced. I am very grateful that Sequoyah is around and doing what he does, he brought peace to that room, knowledge and wisdom from a voice that was systematically stripped of its dignity and importance by a government without heart. Sequoyah was brought up in residential schools, fought in Vietnam, and was sent to prison as an innocent man, and yet still carries a message of peace, hope and forgiveness. He has an aura that can fill a room and it is contagious. One last thing I do not want to leave out, Sequoyah shared with us the importance of the mushroom and the connection to Mother Earth. Mother Earth provides medicine, and simply through ingesting mushrooms, of many varieties, that we can benefit from her medicine in so many amazing ways. I am merely a student in the area of mushrooms and the benefits they bring, I will soon dedicate a blog on that subject of mushrooms, in due time my friends. I hope you too have a chance to meet Sequoyah one day, for now lets remember that peace does have a place on Earth, it is never too late, we have much good work to do. Thank you very much.
Fotomahaloness -I have a great respect for the wisdom Sequoyah is sharing, he is Mahaloness through and through, and selections from my own art work that reflect Sequoyah’s message and a foto of a dumpster with a wheat paste that reads ‘Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to Earth.’

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Author: hälts

Mahaloness is an art blog documenting the life of the artist Shane Haltman, eloquently called hälts. Shane lives and makes art in Canada, and on occasion, Mexico. This is his story.

2 thoughts on “Peaceful Sequoyah (edited)

  1. I am loving that third piece, its amazing

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