Monday, August 29, 2011
Chief Joseph in the Clouds
I showed this cloud painting to a friend of mine awhile back. I had thought this fellow looked a bit like George Washington. But she thought, instead, that this man looked like an Indian Chief. Of course, I thought of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Tribe.
Dad recently told me we are related to the Nez Perce Indians. I feel honored to know Native American blood runs in my veins. I have always felt a connection to Chief Joseph. He was a noble man who fought hard for his people in a time of great change and transition.
In most of the photos and drawings I found of Chief Joseph, there is a profound sadness in his eyes. When I read his story and the story of the Nez Perce peoples I understand why such deep grief is reflected there.
Above you see him as I first saw him in the clouds. He is smiling. That idea makes my heart happy.