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To see more of my original art, please visit my HelenaNelsonReed Etsy shop, devoted to works on paper and items created using my watercolors.

This is a fine art giclee, IT IS NOT calendar or poster quality, nor something I run off on a home printer or at Kinko's using packaged paper from the art and office supply store.

This image can be interpreted in 2 ways, the old time traditional Lakota wisdom teaching, or the more recent Christian wisdom teaching.

1. First, the older tradtion:
Blue Woman is a spirit being ( not a goddess)dwelling at the center of the big dipper, She aids midwives and assists women in labor. All the visual elements are all related to traditional Lakota midwifery, pregnancy, birth and lactation teachings. Rattlesnake buttons, ground to powder and consumed in hot liquid were believed to hasten slow deliveries. Milkweed for healthy, abundant lactation and red raspberry leaves for to reduce cramping, provide vitamins and balance hormones. Sage tea was used for many reasons, including disinfection. In the background grazing bison symbolize Pte, the word used when discussing the female bison in its spiritual aspect and importance. Red, a Lakota symbol for good health, fertility, the northern direction, bison, and Ina Maka (mother earth), flows like healthy blood, and serves as a blessing encircling the image.

The spirit wears a trade blanket of deep blue surge upon which the heavens and big dipper is displayed, using the traditional hourglass symbol for stars used on the old winter count hides. Her dress is ornamented with wapiti teeth. She hovers protectively above the expectant woman, smudging her with a smoldering braid of fragrant sweet grass, to attract good energy. The pregnant woman clutches white sage, to repel negative energies, purify, disinfect and drive away evil spirits. Its summertime, a season of abundance, and the woman wears a trade – cloth dress of gay calico. The woman looks surprised as her birth pangs have just begun, and she’ll son be in labor. The healthy baby floats in her womb, ready to enter our world of light and sound. The womb is divided into sky and earth. This color combination, used in this way, symbolizes universal balance.

2. The Christian wisdom teaching: The Annunciation, in which the angel comes to the young Virgin Mary with the knowledge she is carrying the future Christos, the little god of Love. Mary reacts with surprise and alarm - wouldn't you be if you were 14 or 15 years old and a spirit being appeared from nowhere announcing that even though a virgin, you were now pregnant with a god? The baby suspended in the womb symbolizes wholeness and unification. The flora and fauna are native to the North American plains, each symbolizing something associated with fertility, abundance, pregnancy, health, woman as sacred being and portal to the Divine, healing and balance.

Fine quality open edition fine art giclee. Sharp detail, accurate & saturated color. In fact, the details are so exact and sharp I can't provide an accurate photo! The paper is a beautiful thick stock, acid and archival; no yellowing or fading unless hung in direct sunlight day after day.

My giclee are printed by a local independent gallery specializing in cutting edge scanning and giclee services for artists.

Thank you for respecting intellectual and creative copyright. This art and text are copyright Helena Nelson – Reed, please don’t use without written permission.

FINAL PHOTO IS FOR DISPLAY ONLY, I'll sign your giclee in the white margin. The copyright notice is for web use only and will not appear on your giclee.

Signed, open edition, background of the art included.

SHIPPED FLAT. Giclee is inside a cello sleeve or new plastic bag then sandwiched between 2 sheets of thick foam core board. Then, wrapped in bubble wrap, inside a plastic bag, and then inserted in the Tyvek envelope or over sized Manilla envelope. Sometimes packages are left on porches or doorsteps where rain and snow could damage the giclee, so I make sure they can withstand some abuse.

Motherhood Native American mythos - inspired, pregnant