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"Eagle Spirit Woman" (Steatite Soapstone)

David Maracle, Mohawk artist

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Artist's Biography

David R Maracle (Tehenneia'kwe:tarons) was born the seventh son for Andrew C. Maracle (Mohawk, Turtle Clan) and Lillian J. Maracle (Scottish, Bruce Clan) and lived his first 12 years of life on the Akwesasne Mohawk Reserve.  His childhood consisted of many happy memories of traveling with his parents to different First Nations communities.  This allowed David to have a rich understanding and appreciation for his Mohawk Heritage.  Sitting and listening to Elders has been a great inspiration in David's life.

 

He attributes many of his accomplishments to his father, a respected Mohawk Elder who was an international speaker on First Nations issues and struggles.  David’s mother Lillian was also very inspirational as she was an accomplished author, poet, musician, artist, and craftswoman.  Both Parents’ skills combined helped to initiate each son into being a success in the field of business and entrepreneurship.

 

David has always been a strong advocate regarding aboriginal rights, language and education, and continues to take an active role in educating people through his art and music. David, like his father, chose the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to be his home, and it has been for over 35 years.

 

SCULPTOR

 

David began his career as a Stone Carver/Sculptor in 1985.  Traveling to Pow Wows, craft shows and fine art shows helped to develop and create a unique lifestyle, which allowed his abilities as a sculptor to soar.  David, now an acclaimed World-Renowned Stone Carver/Sculptor, has received many awards globally for his unique and detailed works of art. His most prestigious award given was at The Heard Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2009 for First Prize for his masterpiece entitled “Gathering our Minds”.  The influences of his First Nations-Mohawk Heritage are clearly depicted in his sculptures. This has been his main goal; to educate people about the First Nations-Mohawk culture and issues through his artwork.

 

His sculptures have touched the hearts of many people; private and corporate collectors alike throughout the world. Some of his more famous Curators include Nelson Mandela, Loretta Lynne, Dan Akroyd, and the Emperor of Japan.

 

MUSICIAN

 

Whenever David needed to take a break from carving, he turned to music, and what started out as relaxation time quickly turned into a second career.  David discovered that he could convey through his music the same goals that he had strived toward with his sculptures; getting his message to the people.  Not only a talented singer and song-writer, David  also mastered many other instruments, including the Iroquoian and Celtic flutes, native hand drums and many other percussion instruments.

 

With no formal training in the Arts or in Music, David believes his talents are a gift from the Creator, which he gives thanks for daily and never takes them for granted.

 

During his Music career, David’s accolades include such credits as:

 

  • 5 time CAMA award-winner for various categories

 

  • Two gold records globally for his album “Spirit Flutes”

 

  • Signed nine global record deals, with music available on iTunes, Much Music, and many other venues

 

  • Won the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards for Best Instrumental Album 2007, worldwide.

 

  • His 18th CD entitled SPIRIT WORLD – UNIVERSAL MEDITATIONS was released in 2012, and a new Native Expressions Commercial was also released.  This album has been two years in the making; featuring Rare World Instruments from around the globe; the Hang Drum from Switzerland, the Guzheng from China, the Calcutta Tempura from India, and of course the Iroquoian Love Flute of North America. 

 

  • Played to the Queen for her Jubilee, Played at the Opening of the Sydney Olympic Games 2000, and Played in concert in the Barbados with Tim Rice (LION KING, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA)

David has been involved with numerous commercials and television scores, and has been dubbed “the mood master” by many of his fellow musicians.  He has also played in the House Orchestra for the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in Toronto for 4 years. 

 

 

Artist's Statement

This carving shows the symbolism of the woman praying thoughts to the Creator and the eagle or a:kweks in Mohawk is the carrier of prayers to our Creator. They are a sacred bird and symbol for all First Nations across turtle island. The feather ties in her hair also symbolizes her walk and path in life and the many obstacles that she has endured while on Mother Earth. It also is an Honour to possess an eagle feather as this bird has travelled closest to the sky world and the Great Spirit who created all things Natural.

This piece if artwork was featured on the tv show "dragons spin off" called Risky Business. It will also be featured on the new global album entitle Spirit Meditations.


 

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