Inspired by her outreach work with Native Americans, Professor Marietta Dantonio-Fryer created these incredible watercolor paintings to capture what she saw in the Indian peoples she worked so hard to help. The paintings are her spritual response to the depth of emotion evoked from meeting and working with the diverse Indigenous people she has done her community outreach projects with.
The series soon grew to include the indigenous peoples she met in her travels around the world. The Indigenous Peoples watercolor series now includes works depicting Native Americans as well indigenous people from Africa, Europe and South America.
These wonderful works of art are available in superior quality Giclée prints, standard quality prints or as notecards.
Giclée prints are 11" x 17" and printed on heavy weight, acid free paper to last a lifetime.
Prints are made on 11" x 17", 80 lb. Enhanced Archival Matte Photographic Paper.
Notecards are 5" x 7" and printed on 110 lb. cardstock. Blank inside for writing and come with a white envelope for mailing.
Each painting has its own story behind it and each is a unique piece of art in itself.
The artwork offered here is only a portion of the total series. If you have seen a painting from this series in a museum or exhibit that you are interested in purchasing but it is not listed here, please email us with the title or a description of the work.
Chief Mike is the Sachem of the Eastern Delaware Nations. Professor Dantonio-Fryer first worked with him when they created the mural "Elankumankw" (We are all related) back in 1997. The Eastern Delaware Nations have created 4 totem poles with Totem Rhythms, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that Marietta is the Founder and President of.
* Each of these prints has been signed by the artist, Professor Marietta Dantonio-Fryer *
"Iron Fist", a Native American Methodist minister prepares the prayer circle for the sacred pipe ceremony.
"Prayer Circle" has been a featured piece of art at the United Nations Headquarters in New York's Indigenous Art exhibit, The Thomas Tabor Museum, Cairo Opera House in Cairo, Eygpt and was a focal point on the TV show Whitehouse Chronicles.
Michelle "Cloud Dancer" is a member of the Thunder Mountain Lenape
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Her spirit soars in the clouds with dreams of vibrant color.
"Phoenix Rising" is the first piece created in the Indigenous Peoples series watercolor collection.
The Indigenous Peoples series was created after Professor Dantonio-Fryer underwent a surgical procedure that renewed her spirit and feelings of gratitude toward life and was inspired to create the incredible works of art.
Lakota artist and sculptor Chris Liles is the subject of this watercolor painting.
Professor Dantonio-Fryer met Chris while doing and outreach project with the Shinnecock Indians in Long Island, New York. Chris Liles was assisting with the creation of a totem pole involving Marietta's non-profit Totem Rhythms. Seeing the White Buffalo in his minds eye, Chris is sending the thought with his breath through his hands to sculpt the White Buffalo into alabaster in the clouds.
Elizabeth "Chee Chee" Haile is the clan mother of the Thunder Bird clan of the Shinnecock Indian reservation in Long Island, New York. Chee Chee worked with Professor Dantonio-Fryer to paint and carve their spiritual story onto a cherry tree totem pole that grew on their own land.
The Shinnecock pole os now on permanent display on the Shinnecock Indian reservation located in South Hampton, New York on the eastern end of Long Island.
Evelyn "Firewalker, Firetalker" is a Cherokee born in Thousandsticks, Kentucky. Her family was massacred at Yahoo Falls where women and children were sacrificed. Evelyn is the direct decendant of Chief Red Bird.
To the artist, this artwork cries out "You are a survivor, we are so proud of you, share your story".
"Asked to paint strictly by my expression within me, my reference materials were taken from me and I was left to create solely from within my heart. I prayed for guidance and asked my spirit guides to help direct me. " Marietta Dantonio-Fryer
Caroline, daughter of Jack Many Colors and Nikki was the youngest participant in the creation of the totem pole for the Eastern Delaware Nations. This painting was created to honor Caroline's birth and to Marietta's overjoyed amazement, Caroline was given the native name Pretty Butterfly when she came of age.
The Ghost Dance was a way in which a group separated themselves from the white man and his religious doctrines. The movement preached unity among tribes, including enemy tribes. The first Ghost dance happened about 1889. Many tribes accepted the dance for the uplifting of Native American spirits and peace. For the most part, the Ghost Dance movement ended with the deaths at Wounded Knee.
WindDreamer captures the energy of her ancestry in her first Shawl Dance. With an intuition that she feels from her ancestors, she stretches her arms to capture the flight of the winged ones. Her shawl's fringes are dancing and flowing with her spiritual harmony. Herr feet are gently celebrating their touch to Mother Earth as she claims her inheritance of a unique life force.