Honoring the grace, beauty, and spirit of horses who seemed to dance with excitement as we rode through the woods under the Strawberry Moon. The wild strawberry or "heart berry" is a sacred fruit. The Strawberry Moon is the common name for the month of June when the berries are ripe and the moon is full. The Iroquois ceremonial cycle includes a special event known as the Strawberry Festival to celebrate the arrival of the first fruit of Spring and to show our thankfulness to the Creator.
The sweet juice of the early strawberries is "good medicine".
This sculpture is a hand-wrought cut copper assemblage welded in hard silver, given a verdigris patina, then polished. The raised patterns are traditional Oneida beaded patterns.
*Awarded: 1st Place Division: Sculpture at the 2021 Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market