Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, Bald Eagle Legends, and A Fish Tale


Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

 

 

eagleexpress (1)Eagle Fire  Original  20″x16″   Oil Painting     $670

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One of my favorite Kendall Expressions paintings!  I will be getting back to these exceptionally vibrant works after I do some Pawleys Island shore scenes in my main style!

 

dreamrivercopyrightDream River     Original 25″x40″  Oil Painting   $2025  

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Dream River is from my Dream Paintings series.  These are paintings that are based on paintings I did in my sleep!  If you would like to see more, here is the link!  KENDALL KESSLER DREAM PAINTINGS

Here are some more legends from the first people of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

 

The eagle was a great sacred bird to the Cherokees as it was to most tribes.  It was especially important in ceremonies, especially war ceremonies.  The killing of an eagle was only done by a designated eagle killer to get the prized feathers. The eagle killer was specifically chosen and trained for that purpose.

He was taught how to kill the eagle and what prayers were to be said afterward to obtain pardon for the sacrilege and ward off evil.  Killing an eagle out of season could cause a front that would destroy the corn and the snakes to become more dangerous.

Eagle songs were song only after the snakes had gone to sleep for the winter and only a warrior or medicine man could wear the feathers.

The Cherokee believed in the Nunne’hi  or immortals that lived  throughout the Highlands. They were spirit people that loved music and dancing as much as the Cherokees did. Many of their homes were said to be on the high mountain balds but there are a lot of stories that associate them with the ancient mount of Nikwasi which is in Franklin, North Carolina.

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

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man  – Clyde Kessler

A Fish Tale

As I have mentioned before my husband is not able to eat many foods most people can eat but there are some foods he just doesn’t like but tries to eat for health reasons.

Fish is one of them.  He has to drown it in mustard but he is determined to eat something both my son and I love.

He is starting to get used to fish.  Yesterday he asked me if I noticed that he didn’t say anything bad about the salmon.  I told him I assumed he didn’t criticize the fish because he wanted to live to see another day.  A little marital humor! I couldn’t resist!

Thank you for looking at paintings by an Artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway

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

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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
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.

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

Cherokee Origin of Game and Corn near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Pasta Buster…


My Artwork

 

Here is one of my recent Kendall Expressions paintings.  I am going to go back to my main style for some shore scenes now!

 

imagebutterflycopyrightImaginary Butterfly     Original 18″x24″   Acrylic Painting    $894

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

bloomingapplecopyrightBlooming Apple   Original Oil Painting has been Sold

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

 

I am still finding great Blue Ridge myths and legends of the Cherokee people!   Such wonderful, magical stories!  I was pleased that my husband was not familiar with the one I posted yesterday about the chickadee!  I actually taught The Bird Man something! 

 

 

The Origin of Game and Corn

Long ago shortly after the world was made there lived a hunter and his family on Looking Glass Mountain in North Carolina.  The Blue Ridge Parkway can be seen from Looking Glass Rock.  They had one son named Good boy. His brother came out of the water where the first boy played.  They kept him and named him Wild Boy.  They knew he had magic powers.  The father always brought home much game for the family.  They always had enough to eat.

One day Wild Boy transformed himself into a puff of bird down on the father’s shoulder  and followed him to a rock.  The father moved the rock and  deer came out and he killed one to bring home.

The next day the boys went to the rock and got game but forgot to put the rock back.  The father punished them and told them now they would have to hunt for game.

The hungry boys went home and asked their mother for something to eat and she went to the storeroom for corn.  The boys watched her rub her belly to fill a pot with corn and rub her legs to fill one with beans.

They decided she was a witch and she told them that when she died they were to clear the land around the home and they would always have corn.  They didn’t follow her instructions carefully so that is why corn does not grow in all parts of the world.

I found this story on the online publication, Native Languages of the Americas: Tsalagi/Cherokee Legends, Myths, and Stories

Life with the Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

As I mentioned before my husband is not able to eat many things most people have no problem with.  The tomato  is one of them but he can eat a small portion if it is cooked such as in spaghetti sauce.  I think I am becoming somewhat sensitive to tomatoes and now after spaghetti I feel like I am going to pop!

I told Clyde we needed to go on a Pasta Buster walk and he said that sounds like a rock song.  “Get outside and bust that pasta before they have to roll you out the door!”  Get outside and bust that pasta!  You know you don’t need anymore!

I know the lyrics aren’t much so far but maybe we will come up with more the next spaghetti night.

 

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

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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
Calendar
BRDC Web Calendar
Created by
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More kid events.

Cherokee Animal Legends and Vacuum Tales in Radford near The Blue Ridge Parkway


 

My Artwork

 

bueridgemistcopyrightBlue Ridge Mist    Original 12″x16″  Oil Painting     $384

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

LiatrisflowersLiatris Flowers at Doughton Park    Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting  $2425

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pawleyswaterwaycopyrightNear Pawleys Island    Original 11″x14″ Oil Painting     $313

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I still have Pawleys Island on my mind!  After I do some more shore scenes I will be getting back to large Blue Ridge Vistas!

 

I have put up a number of blogs on the Cherokee Native American legends about the Black Bear in The Blue Ridge Mountains and today I came across some other legends regarding other animals!  Interesting stuff!

Cherokee Animal Legends

The primeval animals are thought to have been larger and stronger than their present day descendants.

The rabbit is the most prominent animal in their myths.   It is a trickster and considered to be malicious.  It is often beaten at its own game by those it intends to victimize.  Ball players are forbidden to eat rabbits when they are in training because this animal seems to be so confused when it runs.

The meat of the common grey squirrel is forbidden to rheumatic patients because of the cramped position it assumes while eating.

The deer won its horns in a successful race with the rabbit.

The wolf is revered as a hunter and Cherokees abstain from killing it if they can avoid it.  They believe a relative of the slain wolf will seek out the hunter and kill him.

The odor of the skunk is believed to keep off contagious diseases.

 

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

 

Life with The Word and Bird Man- Clyde Kessler

Over the years my husband and I have had a lot of trouble with vacuum cleaners.  I try to be very careful not to pick up anything that will break it but I seem to manage to break them anyway.  Either that, or they just break to spite me.

I am practically putting my head to the rug to check for objects since we bought a new one a while back.  It is under warranty and I have the box and everything in it.  This one will be replaced if something goes wrong.

The other day I was vacuuming our bedroom and my husband was standing nearby.

I said I checked and I didn’t see any stupid thing  on the floor.

He said he was standing on the rug but he didn’t think that would be a problem.  I didn’t mean him!  He is always there with a word quip!  Keeps me laughing!