Voice of the Turtle
by Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist
Voice of the Turtle: an Earth Painting of Ultrama
Ultrama is the Turtle from the Concow Maidu story of creation.
Legend has it that Ultrama dove to the bottom of the sea to bring
up mud, which was used to make the world.
According to Tom Epperson, Maidu storyteller, the realm in which
Ultrama acted was called Kodomyeponi, which I translate as The
World of Shamans. 'Kodom' means 'land;' and 'yeponi' means
'shaman' or 'doctor.'
Maidem Kodom is my own name for the 'Country of the Maidu.'
A video about my earth paints.
The painting on the stamp above was made from natural earth
pigments, charcoal and ash, gathered and processed by myself.
I showed this painting at a Pow Wow in Oroville, California back
in the 1980's when I conducted a workshop on making paints from
earth gathered in nature. Later the work was exhibited at Pacific
Western Traders in Folsom, California.
Readers interested in Earth Paints should see my posts on the subject:
A video about the Concow Maidu
To view my articles on Maidu Indians see this link:
BELOW IS A VIDEO
SHOWING MORE STAMPS OF
SPIRIT ANIMALS OF THE CONCOW MAIDU
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Artist stamps, artistamps, cinderella stamps, cyberstamps, fantasy stamps, faux postage, mail art, micronation stamps. Earth paints; mythology.