The Poisonous Pale Face Flower
What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.Eagle Chief (Letakos-Lesa)
A key feature of the Native American spiritual outlook is found in the powers ascribed to the Four Directions, which occur either literally or in symbolic form throughout the stories. These are often represented by particular colors, or by animals.
The Four Directions have to be in balance for all to be well with the world, and often a central point of balance is identified as a fifth direction; for example, four brothers represent the outer directions, and their sister the centre. Without focus these basic principles, man gets lost in things that are not as important. This painting depicts a flower that is the Four Directions focus and a background of blood that represents the things that can happen to our compass if we lose that focus.