This painting reflects the determined spirit of the Seminole as remembered through the warrior Osceola. He attempted to stop the relocation of his people to Indian Territory during the 1830s. The Seminole Wars were the longest and costliest Indian wars fought by the United States military. Osceola was captured under a flag of truce at Fort Moultrie in 1838 resulting in the eventual removal of the Seminole from their traditional homelands.
The word Osceola is a corrupted English pronunciation of the Seminole name for ‘Black Drink Singer’. During purification rites, a Seminole warrior drinks a black liquid brewed from the leaves of holly bushes. The word “Assin-ye-o-la” is the long drawn out cry that accompanied the ceremonial drinking.
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The matting on this picture is an acid free matte(s) for long term protection and to enhance the picture. Acid free mattes provide 75-100 years of protection against matte burn and brown marks which can decrease the value of a painting. The matting colors were selected to draw the eye into the picture complementing the artist’s selected brush work or towards a particular key element of the piece.
Condition: Excellent – original condition.
Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist.