Latest Art Church: Native Americans and my ancestors
Updated: Dec 17, 2020
Having done a lot of genealogy, I was amazed to find a lot of Quakers in my line of ancestor. And I mean a lot. On all sides of the Wood family, going all the way back to England. My ancestors got land from William Penn and the whole bit. Quakers generally were friends of the "Indians" feeling that they deserved to be left alone, or supported. However I also have an ancestor, who was not a Quaker. His name was Colonel Thomas Paxton. and he rubbed elbows with the likes of Washington and Hamilton. On August 20, 1794 he lead the victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, to squelch the Indian uprising and "was the first white man to build a cabin and establish a farm in that area.." I am thinking a lot about the murder and holocaust of the Natives here and my ancestors part in it.
In this art page I drew the totem....Then found a photo of a Native American grinding corn. She was looking up from a door way. I painted just her face as she seems to communicate to me through her eyes. The photo was taken in 1895. I am so saddened by the loss of her culture, that I plan to learn what I can and celebrate it.