In the Native American cultures, the dragonfly was seen as a good omen, indicative of clean water nearby, and also a symbol of agility and speed. They used the dragonfly design often on their dress and accoutrements. War horses were sometimes adorned with dragonfly design, then hopefully bestowed with the same swiftness and agility. During the early reservation period, the dragonfly symbol was sometimes mistaken as a double cross when viewed by Missionaries. I would guess the Native people loved the double meaning and the confusion it may have caused.
This woman is a Plains Indian in a fairly simple buckskin dress, decorated with many elk ivories. “A Good Omen” is an oil, 36 x 24, and will be in my room, 176 at the Western Masters Art Show & Sale this coming week, Wednesday, March 14 through Saturday, March 17. I hope to see you there! I will also be participating as a Quick Finish artist there on Friday, and I have a piece in the Off the Wall Auction too.