Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists'; Peabody Essex Museum; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997.
View of the artwork on display in 'Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists'; Peabody Essex Museum; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997.
View of the artwork on display in 'All My Life: Contemporary Works by Native American Artists'; Peabody Essex Museum; August 5, 2005 through March 28, 2010.
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Object description

  • Dan V. Lomahaftewa (Hopi and Choctaw, 1951-2005)
  • Dream of Ancient Life, 1995
  • Acrylic on canvas
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
  • H: 74 1/8 in, W: 74 in, D: 1 3/8 in (H: 188.3 cm, W: 188.0 cm, D: 3.5 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 1997
  • E300221
  • Refers to Hopi creation story
  • Evokes universal Hopi ideals through symbols and story

In the Hopi creation myth, a bird leads the Hopi from their old home underground to their current above-ground place in the world. Here, that bird hovers over an ancient structure used in religious ceremonies. The dragonfly and storm cloud designs symbolize renewal and community sustenance, principles that continue to guide Hopi life.