The Aurora Borealis, commonly known as the Northern Lights, has intrigued people from ancient times to present day. While today we understand the scientific reason for this incredible light show, the symbolism of such has been many things to indigenous people all over the world.
Some have thought the Northern Lights illuminated a passage to another world, or to the heavenly world. Some interpreted them as the dancing of human or animal spirits. Some have felt they had a more ominous meaning. At any rate, over time the Aurora Borealis has symbolized all that is magical, mystical, and unknown about the world.
These Plains people seem to have a positive connotation of the event, basking in the light show as they make their nocturnal way across the prairie.
“Great Spirit Fire” is an oil, 48 x 30, on a 1.5” deep raised panel with a curved top. It is intended to hang without a frame. It will be on display in my showroom, 176 at the Out West Art Show, March 16-19, in Great Falls. Stop by and visit!