by Eric Whollem
earth pigments, watercolor and casein on paper
Collection of the artist
10" x 8"
Copyright by the artist
THE KUKSU DREAM SOCIETY
The culture of many Indian peoples emphasizes the
importance of dreaming. The Maidu Indians of Northern
California, for example, have a Dream Society. The initiates
of this society make deciscions based on their dreams.
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INFORMATION ON CONCOW MAIDU
If someone dreams that he is supposed to bring food to the
Pow Wow, he follows the dream, etc.
This is all a part of the Kuksu Religion. See my posts on Maidu
Indians to find more about Kuksu.
This painting depicts Sumi, the Deer, standing near a lake. In
the old days sometimes shamanic initiates were required to
swim across a lake to gain their status.
The Senoi of Malaya
Many cultures throughout the world have similar approaches
to dreaming. The Senoi from Malaya came into the public eye
in the 1970's, when the book, "Creative Dreaming," appeared.
The children of the Senoi are taught to become heroes in their
dreams. If anything frightening appears in their dreams, they
are told to change the dream next time. By the time they are
adults they have mastery of their dream life.
A neighboring people of the Senoi, the Temiar, have a similar
approach to dreams.
These people have a tradtion of being highly respected by
neighboring tribal groups, as their dream culture gives them
advanced psychic abilities.
Tibetan Dream Yoga
In Evans-Wentz's book, "Tibetan Yoga," there is a section
that describes the approach to dreams as taught in Vajrayana
Basically the yogi learns to control his dreams. In the idealism
of Buddhism, daily life is regarded as a dream, or Maya.
Different visualizations are practiced by the Tibetan yogi
that eventually bring him to enlightenment, both in dream
and waking life.
See my other posts about dreams on this link:
See my posts on the Maidu here:
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ABOUT THE CONCOW MAIDU INDIANS
CONCOW MAIDU CULTURE
Abstract art, mixed media painting, dreaming, shamanism, Indians. Figurative abstraction.