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Jaguar KamathawaJaguar Kamathawa
by Brenda Lyons
The Baniwa people of Amazonian South America believe in the powerful being Kamathawa, the harpy eagle, whose place is high in the cosmos. His feathers were a powerful tool to bring the summer and end the rains. According to Guardians of the Cosmos: Baniwa Shamans and Prophets by Robin M. Wright, "its predatory quality is enhanced by the title "Jaguar" Kamathawa" This painting, of course, is not a literal, or even metaphorical exploration of the Kamathawa of Baniwa belief, but after discovering him through my thesis studies, I felt inspired to create a harpy eagle gryphon. The term "Jaguar Kamathawa" also lent to that inspiration, and my studies lent as a springboard for this piece. I wanted to portray just a bit of that majesty in a creature of the rainforests. Watercolor, 11 X 14 inches
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