This work represents the future. The painting is a metaphor for the human experience of growing, learning, thinking, and the development of sensitivity and responsibility.
The African and Native American women in silhouette are holding the sun and moon respectively. Their children appear in a great family, and in a choir before the huge, veiled figures. The trunk of the Emancipation Oak provides a home for the Great Mother who holds a “family” of acorns in her hands, the female student, depicted as a girl in the House of the Turtle, has become a woman kneeling before the sacred African drum, representing knowledge.
The male student, represented as a boy in the first panel, has become an elder and he holds the light, which reveals the secrets of the drum. Above them is the green earth, a reminder of our responsibility to the future.
Size: 19 ¼”w x 39 ¾”h