Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CONCOW MAIDU LEGEND OF PUCHANO/ by Eric Whollem/ DIGITAL PAINTING/ Native American Folklore




PUCHANO
1998-2014
Eric Whollem
digitally remastered mixed media painting
copyright by the artist


THE LEGEND OF PUCHANO

The story of Pe-uch-ano as found on the Maidu.com website relates how
the Maidu in their wanderings had gone far from We-lu-da, their ancestral
homeland. Through the prayers and leadership of Pe-uch-ano and his wife
Um-wa-na-ta they crossed over the Trinity River and finally returned to
We-lu-da. The Trinity is called Ani-ka-to in the Koncow Maidu language.
Ani-ka-to is the Konkow Maidu 'River Jordan.'

The Konkow Valley people also believe that a Christ-like teacher of wisdom
named Yane-ka-num-ka-la came at one time to teach the people. He was
later followed by two men from the cold reaches of the north--the realm
of Yu-dic-na. These latter two men were also spiritual teachers of the
Koncow.

In the teachings of the Nome Cult of Konkow Valley 'Sahm' is the name
given to the great destructive fire sent by the Great Spirit to punish
mankind for wrongdoings. Pe-uch-ano and his wife were legendarily two
lone survivors of Sahm, which anciently came to destroy the land. The
children of Pe-uch-ano and Um-wa-na-ta became the progenitors of the
renewed  Koncow people. The children of Pe-uch-ano and his wife took
them at their last request to see the flowerland of We-lu-da beyond the
Trinity River.

The Maidu apparently dwelled not far from Mt. Shasta in the old days;
other legends of the Maidu also speak of Shasta, which is called 'Kom'
in the Maidu language. Was the realm of Yu-dic-na related to the snowy
peak of Mt. Shasta? An interesting question.

The Trinity River is far north of Butte County; there is evidence that the
Maidu people may have had a nomadic history, having travelled through
various parts of California. Some speculate that they are related to the
Reed Boat Builders, who are a group distantly linked to the Mayans of
the far south. Other speculations say that they are involved in migrations
through Utah. Others accounts say they moved down from Oregon. The
Reed Boat People are referred to as the Penutians. Other tribal groups,
such as the Hopi Indians, have a whole mythos built around the subject
of migration, which to them is a sacred manifestation of the cosmic order
of  life.

Despite the varying views as to the distant origins of the People, there is
no dispute as to their Butte County heritage, which is well established
as a part of California history. The Mooretown site has been dated at
3500 years of continuous habitation, for example.


TO READ MORE ABOUT THE MAIDU INDIANS SEE:
http://artblogericwhollem.blogspot.com/search/label/maidu%20indians
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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

DIGITAL ART/ 'The Blue Cloud' by Eric Whollem



THE BLUE CLOUD
1984-2014
digitally remastered mixed media painting
ERIC WHOLLEM
copyright by the artist

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ATLANTIS MAP BY ERIC WHOLLEM/ Faux Postage Stamps from Atlantis/ Books that influenced the production of this map







ATLANTEAN  POST OFFICES
2014
Eric Whollem
cyber editon
copyright by the artist


ATLANTIS MAP BY ERIC WHOLLEM

This map was originally drawn in 2004. Thus this stamp celebrates the 10th anniversary of the map.
The map was mentioned in a book, published recently, which is in print and available from Amazon.com The book was edited by Carole Cusack and Alex Norman. They talk about how there are Theosophical elements in my map's presentation, which is quite true, as I had studied the works of Helene Blavatsky on lost continents. Also influential in my approach to the Atlantis question were a number of classical metaphysical books relating to the mileau of Mt. Shasta. A Dweller on Two Planets by Frederick Spencer Oliver. Unveiled Mysteries by Godfre Ray King.

Also influential was Charles Leadbeater's book, The Masters and the Path, a Theosophical text which discussed the question of Shambhala as well as subterranean archives preserved by the spiritual masters involved in human evolution. From this text in particular I deveoloped the idea of the Cave of the Masters, which appears on my Atlantis map. However the local folklore of Mt. Shasta has given birth to the widely diffused concept of subterranean dwellings of the Masters, which concept has appeared in many books, lectures, etc. and which today is widely accepted in the Mt. Shasta metaphysical community.

I lived at Mt. Shasta back in the 1950's as a child.

Below is an image of Cusack and Norman's book, which mentions me and my metaphysical maps on page 119.

Handbook of New Religions and Cultural Production
Front Cover
Carole CusackAlex Norman
A Brill Handbook on Contemporary Religion





MY ATLANTIS MAP

MAP OF ATLANTIS 
with /Atlantean harpy stamp
created by Eric Whollem
2004
copyright by the artist 


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FAUX POSTAGE STAMPS FROM THE ISLE OF TIMBAE/ Eric Whollem/ Visionary Mermaid Fantasy Stamps

THE ISLE OF TIMABAE
'The Rainbow Doorway'
2014
Eric Whollem
cyber edition
copyright by the artist 

THE ISLE OF TIMABAE
'The Rainbow Doorway'
2014
Eric Whollem
cyber edition sheet of four stamps
copyright by the artist 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FAUX POSTAGE STAMPS FROM TITANIA/ 'Goddess of the Salt Sea' by Eric Whollem/ SYZYGIUM COLONIAL POST OFFICE





 TITANIA
'Goddess of the Sea Salt'
Eric Whollem
2014
copyright by the artist



  TITANIA
'Goddess of the Sea Salt'
Eric Whollem
2014
copyright by the artist




 TITANIA
'Goddess of the Sea Salt'
Eric Whollem
2014
copyright by the artist