Holding Fast

Valerie Epstein's avatar Valerie Epstein

Holding fast symbolizes connectivity and strength. Circles and hoops are powerful metaphors in so many cultures. The late Lakota medicine man, Nicholas Black Elk, describes this symbolism so beautifully: Everything the power of the world does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same, and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. Our tepees were round like the nests of birds and these were always set in a circle, the nation’s hoop, a nest of many nests, where the Great Spirit meant for us to hatch our children.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 2- ft
  • Medium: Steel
  • Width: 2- ft
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 6-8 ft