Winder, Kwani Povi – “Colors of the Deer Dance” Oil on Linen (9″ x 12″)
This is a dynamic oil painting by Kwani Povi Winder. It has vibrant colors, deep emotions, and loose brushstrokes. Kwani seeks to explore her Santa Clara Pueblo Tewa heritage through painting and draws on her religious beliefs when developing and painting a native figure. Through her paintings, she seeks to preserve, share, and educate about her unique heritage. The piece is entitled, “Colors of the Deer Dance”. It is a side view of a Santa Clara Pueblo Deer Dancer. There is wonderful painting and color in the feathers!. Beautiful composition and coloration. The piece is perfectly framed as seen in the photo. Kwani says of this piece:
This headdress not only honors and represents the deer, it is a symbol of the connection between the Native peoples. Macaw feathers are very prominent in pueblo dance regalia, yet they are not native animals to the Southwest. The colorful feathers show that different cultures and peoples have been gathering for many years.