Lifegivers of Tahuantinsuyu
Max Dashu, 1978-88, oil
on masonite, 16 sq ft
Collection of the San Francisco Women's Building
Copyright 1988 Max Dashu
The Quechua (Peruvian) name for South America is Tahuantinsuyu:
the Four Quarters. The painting envisions the powers and heritages of
indigenous South American women.
In the east, Brazilian women paint ceramics near a longhouse. (See detail.)
In the north, farmers of the Guianas till their fields, and a stone
jaguar mother rises out of the Colombian Andes. (See detail.)
In the west, an Ecuadorian woman grinds corn on a ceremonial metate,
and a Peruvian priestess pours a libation to Pachamama, the Earth Mother.
In the south, a machi (medicine woman) of the Mapuche people drums on
a kultrún in Chile, and a young mother blesses her baby
before the fire in Tierra del Fuego, in the southernmost corner of Argentina.
Copyright 2000 Max Dashu
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