Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, First People Legends, and Next Blue Ridge Discovery Center Event!


Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

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Color Ripples on The Blue Ridge  Original Painting has been sold

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

This painting has been stumbling on Stumbleupon.com for a week now!  Check it out!

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Snail Kite  Original 9″x11″  Mixed Media Drawing     $208

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I am finding more interesting myths and legends from the first people of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I especially like the stories about their interpretations of nature!

Cherokee Animal Legends

The Cherokees believe the sun was a woman that lived in the east and the moon was her brother that lived in the west. The Redbird was the daughter of the sun and eclipses were from a giant frog that lived in the sky and tried to swallow people.  The lightening and the rainbow were the dress of the sons of thunder that lived in the west above the sky vault.

There are several stories about stars.  One is that a dog stole some corn meal and was whipped.  The dog ran across the sky to the north and sprayed the corn across the sky which created The Milky Way.

The buzzard is an important animal in their mythology.  He made the mountains and valleys with his wings and is considered to be a doctor!  That certainly is a different view of this bird than the one many people have today.  Unfortunately many people  consider the vulture to be a pest and a lot of locales work hard to drive them off which is a big ecological mistake.

I found these legends on Cherokee Myths and Legends by Lowell Kirk online.

More tomorrow!

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

 

I wanted to be sure to announce the next great Blue Ridge Discovery Center Event coming up soon!

 

Where
Mexican Restaurant in Independence, Va
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For the next gathering I thought we’d meet around 5:00, June 19th at the Mexican restaurant in Independence. Please join us! Contact Eva Floyd with questions ecbaird@gmail.com 276.579.2464 The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have spent twenty years proving that Darwin did not know the strength of his own theory. For among the finches of Daphne Major, natural selection is neither rare nor slow: it is taking place by the hour, and we can watch. In this dramatic story of groundbreaking scientific research, Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin’s finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself. The Beak of the Finch is an elegantly written and compelling masterpiece of theory and explication in the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould.

Thank you for looking at paintings by an artist of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Witch Legend near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Next Blue Ridge Discovery Center Event!


Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

My Artwork

 

tulipflowcopyrightTulip Flow    24″x18″ Original Acrylic Painting       $896

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

This is my latest Kendall Expression painting!  I will be returning to my main style for a while to do some new shore scenes!

ospreyevecopyrightedOsprey Evening   Original 8″x10′ Oil Painting    $168

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

This painting has been stumbling for days at  Stumbleupon.com!  Check it out!colorripplesbrcopyrightColor Ripples over The Blue Ridge         Original Oil Painting has been Sold

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at     KENDALL KESSLER ART

This beautiful mountain vista has also been stumbling since the middle of last week!

I came across a wonderful Cherokee legend about a witch in the Blue Ridge Mountains!  What a great tale!

A long time ago there was a witch that was like an ogre.  Her skin was like rock and could not be penetrated by any weapon  but she could magically appear as a nice old woman.  She ate human livers by putting her long stony sharp finger through a body and pull the liver out.  The victim did not feel any pain and oftentimes was unaware they were being attacked.  They would start to feel ill and waste away.

She would often fool little girls by offering to comb their hair and then cause them to fall asleep so she could steal their livers.

The council decided they must do something about this witch before she attacked everyone and destroyed the tribe.  They dug a deep ditch and placed branches and leaves over it so it could not be seen.  Then they set a fire to attract the witch.

She fell in but arrow after arrow just bounced off as she tried to get out.  A Chickadee bird flew into the pit and landed on her right hand.  The warriors aimed there and the arrow went into her heart that she kept clutched in that hand.

Cherokees believe the chickadee is a truth sayer and if one appears to someone on a journey they are sure to have a safe trip home!

 

I found this story on the online publication, First People, The Legends

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

 

I wanted to be sure to announce the next great Blue Ridge Discovery Center Event coming up soon!

 

Where
Mexican Restaurant in Independence, Va
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
ecbaird@gmail.com
Description
For the next gathering I thought we’d meet around 5:00, June 19th at the Mexican restaurant in Independence. Please join us! Contact Eva Floyd with questions ecbaird@gmail.com 276.579.2464 The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have spent twenty years proving that Darwin did not know the strength of his own theory. For among the finches of Daphne Major, natural selection is neither rare nor slow: it is taking place by the hour, and we can watch. In this dramatic story of groundbreaking scientific research, Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin’s finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself. The Beak of the Finch is an elegantly written and compelling masterpiece of theory and explication in the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould.

More Cherokee Animal Legends of the Blue Ridge Mountains near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Blue Ridge Discovery Happening is Tomorrow!


My Artwork

For the last few days I have been blogging about Cherokee Animal Myths and Legends so I thought it would be a good idea to post some of my animal paintings from my folder Kendall Expressions.  In these paintings I have let my expressive side take over!

Here is the link to this folder on my website      Kendall Expressions

bearbeautyhcbig (2)Bear Beauty   Original 16″x20″ Acrylic painting      $670

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

antlersbig (1)Antler Swirl    Original 20″x16″ Acrylic Painting     $670

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

galoppingredhcbig (1)Galloping Red   Original 16″x20″ Acrylic Painting      $670

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

Yesterday I blogged about some of the Cherokee animal legends and thought it would be a good idea to add some more!    I like to learn!

 

Cherokee Animal Legends

Yesterday I wrote about the skunk legend.  The Cherokees believe the smell is a deterrent to disease.  There is more to it.  During the small pox epidemic of 1866 the animal was hung up and sometimes it was cooked and eaten.  The oil was rubbed on the sick person’s body because they believed the smell would repel the disease spirit.

The beaver is invoked when children are getting their permanent teeth since it has amazing gnawing ability.  When  children lose a tooth they run with it around the house four times and ask the beaver to put a new tooth in their jaw.

The dog does not appear much in their myths but some say it is responsible for the Milky Way. Another myth says the dog drives the wolf from the home and takes the comfortable place by the fire for himself.

The elephant which some Cherokees saw in shows is called The Great Butterfly because of its large flapping ears and long trunk which resemble the wings and proboscis of the insect.

I got this information from the online publication  First People The Legends

 

Life with The Bird and Word Man  –  Clyde Kessler

I wanted to again remind folks of the next Blue Ridge Discovery Center event this Friday!

 

BRDC at Independence Farmers Market
Fri, June 6, 9:30am – 12:30pm
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More kid events.