Tortuga (Turtle)

  • Tortuga (Turtle)
  • Series: Guardian Spirit
  • Artform: flat
  • Method: dyeing, embroidery, sewing
  • Medium: beads, canvas, fabric, feathers, found-objects, salvaged, upholstery, woven
  • Year: 2021
  • Dimensions: 6.25 × 9 inches
  • Statement: Some Pacific Northwest Native American women identify three primary stages in life: birth, finding a guardian spirit, and death. The tradition of finding one’s spirit is a rite that forms a common bond within the community, while simultaneously defining an individual’s personal identity. This woman with a turtle guardian spirit carries a little home with her wherever she goes. Understanding the primal need for shelter is important as we grapple with an expanding houseless crisis in our cities.
  • Artist: Orquidia Violeta
  • Photo 1: Aaron Kuehn