Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Coyote Woman)
ALBANY, CALIFORNIA — Kanyon Sayers-Roods, (Hahashkani, Coyote Woman) Coastanoan Ohlone and Chumash California Native artist recently exhibited mixed media paintings and drawings at Gathering Tribes Fine Art Gallery in Albany, Northern California.
Sayers-Roods is a young native artist whose knowledge and pride in her California Indian heritage infuses all of her work. She is the daughter of noted Coastanoan elder Ann Marie Sayers and was raised in Indian Canyon, in the Gavilan Mountains near Hollister, California. Indian Canyon is the trust land of her family, and is now an educational and ceremonial grounds that is available to anyone interested in ceremony. Ann Marie and Kanyon have opened their family trust land for several decades to university students, high school students, community groups and others in order to share California Native traditions and educate the non-native public about traditional California Indian culture.
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Sayers-Roods artwork reflects her knowledge and is a sincere expression of her native heritage. Her lifelong artistic vision is to convey principal ideas of California native culture.
“I am a creative artist inspired by the natural world. I make a difference in the lives of others by sharing my experiences and knowledge about California’s Native Americans. I have the gift of communication, and challenge myself to utilize this gift to deliver powerfully effective messages for others”, said Sayers-Roods. Her visual descriptions are based in nature and the natural world.
The piece entitled, “Frog” is an exquisite description of a frog done in pastel chalk. The viewer is brought as close as is humanly possible to the frog, and begins to understand the consciousness of the animal itself. It is at one with its surroundings, and we are made aware of how far removed we are from our own natural environment. The viewer feels the void left behind, as each frog life disappears.
“Camouflage Coyotes (Dual Coyotes)” is painted in acrylic and mixed media, and is part of her Coyote series that includes “Coyote” painted in acrylic on canvas. In this coyote piece, the coyote is painted against a background that includes a rainbow sky and a medicine wheel. The piece entitled, “Holon” is of another coyote but means, “holos” plus “on” in Greek and means, “whole of a part, or part of a whole”. This is the artist’s reference to the animal as it is in nature, part of the whole. The sensitively rendered “Kissing Foxes” drawn in contour chalk, reflects the artists deep knowledge of foxes themselves, as she has undoubtedly lived among them and observed them in Indian Canyon.
The entire exhibit asks viewers to remember the natural world and invites us to help California Natives restore it to balance. Kanyon Sayers-Roods artwork can be seen by viewinghttp://www.flickr.com/photos/kanyoncoyote/sets/72157629310158855/
Indian Canyon’s website is:
www.indiancanyonlife.org/ksr for more information on events.
Nanette Bradley Deetz is of Dakota, Cherokee and German descent. She is a poet, writer, educator and sometimes musician whose poetry appears in several anthologies. The most current is “Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down,” published by Scarlett Tanager Press; “Turtle Island to Abya Yala, A Love Anthology of Art and Poetry by Native American and Latina Women,” Malinalli Press, and “Alameda Island Theme Poems, 2004,2005 & 2006.” She combines poetry and music in her band, Redbird Giving which performs at many Bay Area native and non-native venues. She is a correspondent for the Alameda Journal and Native News Online.