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This is a young native woman dancing to celebrate her world. The dreamcatcher behind her is done in long stitches and overdyed thread.
"Two years ago we adopted a bi-racial baby, Sarah Rosefeather. She was put into my arms on the day she was born by her mother. Her mother was mostly Cherokee indian and her father was African-American. I have Cherokee in my ancestors and I value this heritage. For a week I spent time with her, I talked to her birthmother about what great stories of strong women Sarah gathered about her because of her wonderful blend of cultures. This woman had great courage and she was so kind. I felt like her sister, she gave this tiny woman baby to me knowing that I would raise her to value the important things.
Eleven months later we were told that Sarah's birthmother had a seizure and died in a homeless shelter. My heart was broken for dear Sarah, because she would never be able to meet her brave Native mother. So I designed Earthdancer as a tribute to this woman who had the strength to know what was best for this baby and her wisdom and her rich culture.
Since her death I have felt her near me, watching and smiling at this beautiful child. She dances free from the bonds of earth, but her child lives and will know always of the power of a mother's love."
Stitched on 28 count Prairie Grain linen (2 over 2) from Wichelt.
200 x 240
14 1/4" x 17 1/8"
( ) indicates number needed.