She who watches

I started working on this “She Who Watches” or Tsagaglal last week. I still don’t like it but I took a photo and then altered it a little and changed the colors. I like the altered version better than reality. 🙂 This image is a petroglyph in Washington. I haven’t actuallly visited it and I would like to. You have to make special arrangements ahead of time.

The legend about her is as follows…

“There was a village on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge. And this was long ago when people were not yet real people, and that is when we could talk to the animals.

And so Coyote — the Trickster — came down the river to the village and asked the people if they were living well. And they said “Yes, we are, but you need to talk to our chief, Tsagaglal. She lives up in the hill.”

So Coyote pranced up the hill and asked Tsagaglal if she was a good chief or one of those evildoers. She said, “No, my people live well. We have lots of salmon, venison, berries, roots, good houses. Why do you ask?” And Coyote said, “Changes are going to happen. How will you watch over your people?” And so she didn’t know.

And it was at that time that Coyote changed her into a rock to watch her people forever.”

3 thoughts on “She who watches

  1. I love this one, you should do a series, this one and the Thunderbird are a start. I bet there are other local spirits that could inspire you. I love the legends of the three mountains, Mt Hood and Mt Rainer fighting over Mt St Helen’s. It is very much like the story I tell at Summer Solstice about the two knights fighting over the spring maiden.

    1. I painted over this one last year because I didn’t like it but I was thinking the same thing. Maybe I could do a different take on her this time. I like the mountain legend but also so many other ones too so hmmmm…

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