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The Water Children

Posted on: November 8th, 2018 by Luis Fragoso | No Comments
The Water Children

The Water Children

Oil on Canvas – 30” x 30”
November 2017


The Indigenous Misak tribe of the Cauca region of Colombia consider themselves to be born from a great river in Ancient times, and call themselves “The Water Children.” The Misak remain very traditional to this day, despite constantly having to fight for their land and rights, and have frequent “water ceremonies,” where they play native instruments and do dances that give respect to their territory, and especially to their sources of water.

The spiral is a symbol that is particularly important to the misak, and it can be found in many of their woven organic attire. It represents in their World View the infinite circle of life, from birth to death, and the cycle of the universe as a whole.  This painting models a water ceremony around a spiral of water, which is shaped in the form of a traditional Misak hat called the Tampalkuari, and the colors of the painting are modeled on the flag of the autonomous Misak territory.

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