Winchinchala

Winchinchala

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Winchinchala
Winchinchala is the daughter of Seawolfe, the Sagamore of a tribe of the Wampanoag Indian Nation to which she also belongs. At a young age, she was awarded a scholarship in painting to Boston’s Museum School of Fine Arts. Extensive life abroad followed before she attended Columbia University in New York where she earned a BA in Anthropology and MFA in Film which led to a career in higher education. Upon retiring, the desire to create reemerged in her life, this time with feathers which she uses for decorative sculptures. To her, birds are very special because the live mostly in the sky like messengers between earth and the great beyond making them very spiritual By using their feathers, the birds' beauty is highlighted and their immortality extended. In an effort to honor them, she makes every effort to use feathers from bird sanctuaries or bird occupied homes. Her statue, Kietan, (like Katchina dolls) has a human quality and possesses a magical spirit to ward off negative energy and protect the owner. Kietan is prepared to do so with a terrifying skull head, shining jingle-cone eyes and sharp quill fingers. Its garment was inspired by the traditional feathered turkey cloaks once worn by Wampanoag women. It is made of natural dark brown and white Guinea Fowl and dyed black American Fowl feathers.
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