Song of the People
by Eric Whollem
watercolor, plastic emulsion, and wax resist on paper
Collection of the artist
9 x 6"
Copyright by the artist
The Kakinim are those beings who are called
spirits or ghosts by the Concow Maidu Indians
of Northern California. Kakini is the singular
form of the word.
The Sutter Buttes in the Sacramento Valley are
called Histayami by the Maidu. Histayami is
divided into three spirit levels by the Maidu.
Kakinimkodom, or Spirit Country, is the highest
This painting gives an imaginative visual form
to a Maidu song. . . a surrealistic interpretation.
BELOW IS A VIDEO ABOUT
An excellent album of Maidu songs was issued
by Pacific Western Traders in Folsom. I used to
live in the house of one of the singers on that album,
Herb Young, a shaman of the Maidu.
SPIRIT ANIMALS OF THE CONCOW MAIDU
Video by Eric Whollem
See my posts about the Maidu Indians on this link: