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Legends of Elk Mountain by MasterEdi Legends of Elk Mountain by MasterEdi
For Hundreds, even thousands of years, all Native American tribes have relied upon hunting as a primary means of maintenance and sustinence. It has been crucial to their survival and existence. Hunting, therefore, became a sacred duty, and the mighty Hunter, became a highly honored position. My sculpture “Legends of Elk Mountain”, also honors the mighty Native Hunters of the Past. But, not only the Hunters but the Hunted also. Three Monarchs of the mountain are depicted. The Wolf, whose own stealth and cunning made him the first great hunter. The Mountain Lion, agile yet fierce and fearless, who climbed the tops of precarious mountain tops unafraid. The Great Elk, strong, powerful, and beautiful. By no means was he easy prey to hunt, yet his life and death was crucial to both man and beast. Over the course of time, many Braves began to emulate the qualities of the various animals they lived with. So, likewise, you will see the qualities of these great monarchs also reflected in the facial expressions and gestures of the Hunters themselves. Three Mighty Monarchs. Three Mighty Hunters. Twisting and turning in a circle, and spiral of life, death, and rebirth. I hope you too will honor and appreciate the “Legends of Elk Mountain”.
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Samarai Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
I have something similar to this, though on a far smaller scale; pewter piece I picked up much many years ago, in this really nice studio that used to be in Gatlinburg [TN].  Can't remember the name of the person who did it, nor the name of the piece, but it is a stalking wolf on one side and a [morph] native american on the other.  Got a bunch of stuff by Michael Boyette, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't him who did it.

In any event, I really like this and certainly appreciate the symbolism.  Really well done.
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cecikins Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
absolutely incredible!!!! a monumental piece!!! truly exquisite piece of art :clap: it looks really lovely; a gorgeous composition, and the meaning is thought provoking.. i just wish i could see all the detail in person!
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MasterEdi Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you both for your kind thoughts!😊 This is a piece that really does need to be seen in the round. From every angle something new appears or disappears... So hard to translate 3-D from 2-D pics. Thanks again cecikins for taking the time to read my thoughts about the work as well!
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cecikins Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oh i can surely imagine! i would love to discover each part.. it's fantastic that you can view upon the multiple perspectives which are captured in this intense scene, it really gives body to the culture it imbues. and yes, alas, to show work in 2D i feel is a sure affliction for the sculptor! 
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