Paintings by Anita Endrezze
Sources: http://www.hanksville.org/storytellers/anita/index.html and http://team.liu.edu/eev-web2/NativeAmerican/painting.htm
Path of the Red Deer II
The Following Three Paintings Were Inspired by a Trip to Mexico
recently made a pilgrimage. Thanks to Artist Trust, an arts organization
in Washington State, I was able to travel to Sonora, Mexico. The grant
covered my costs and I traveled lightly, eating one big meal a day (shrimp
or fish soup with lobster fresh from the sea), walking with my day pack
along the highways, flagging down buses. I hiked along miles of white
sandy beaches, rode a horse into the desert, and entered the warren of
small shops in the old shopping district of Guaymas. Everywhere, I looked
for faces I would recognize. Faces of people who might look like
relatives. And I found them, on street corners selling oranges, riding the
buses, driving taxis. In my broken Spanish, I told everyone I spoke to
that my grandparents came from here, that I was a Yaqui. And they all
smiled, welcoming me. We talked about the ancient red mountains, the
turquoise sea, the fields of strawberries. I saw the Bacatete Mountains,
where my great-grandfather died. I saw Bacum. I saw Vicam. I saw the Rio
Yaqui as it flowed toward the sea through fields of maize. On its banks
was a restaurant called the Rio Yaqui selling Tecate beer and seafood. . .
Waiting for the Bus to Guaymas (acrylic, 1998).
In the background is Mount Tetakawi, or Stone Mountain in Yaqui. Closer, you can see the
Yori Trailer Park ("white man's" trailer park), which was closed for business.
My shadow is a deer.
On the Bus to Guaymas (acrylic, 1998). Look for
the hidden deer. My friend, Lynette Copeland, who traveled with me, is getting on the bus
behind the pelican.
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