Native American Indian Contributions
On the black side I stained it a dark walnut color and painted black walnut trees, nuts, stone tools, black berries, mulberries, poke-weed, walleye fish and butterflies.
Walnut trees are the last to get leaves and first to lose their leaves. Their leaves are yellow just before they fall.
This is part of a red, yellow, black and white four-directional wine barrel I am working on for the Loudoun County wine barrel challenge.
The design is a Native American medicine wheel shape representing: east, south, west and north with things Native American Indians first grew and contributed to this area and the world.
The black side of the wine barrel represents the West and "introspection/death."
One of my mother's favorite foods is black walnuts. She can no longer eat solid food. She has dementia and is slowing entering into the West.
I believe in death there exists the possibility I will see my mom there one day, and my father and brother.
I was always taught, if you share a butterfly with someone, it means you want to spend eternity with that person. This side of the barrel has lots of butterflies representing hope for eternal life for us all with our loved ones.