Tree of Life

Long before the world was created, there was an island floating in the sky. In the center of the island was a sacred, light-giving tree. On the island lived the Sky People, according to Iroquois creation myth stories.   Sky Woman looked down and could see water below. She reached into the rolling waves and, one-after-another took handfuls of mud and created land and all living things thereafter. She stepped down onto the land and sprinkled dust into the air to create stars. Here, wood fine artist interprets this Iroquois creation myth story using a canvas of Sugar Maple, hand-carved and colored with India inks. The center medallion sacred tree was carved using 12,000 volts of electricity – each pattern a unique image celebrating light and life.

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