Stories of Migration

Bundles       Cheryl Gerhart  •  Churchville, Virginia, USA

Bundles
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36 x 12 x 4 inches - photo by Phocus Photo

In some areas of North America in the 16th and 17th centuries, Native Americans kept a summer camp and a winter camp, migrating between them, carrying their medicines and supplies bundled on large willow branches
chosen for their strength and flexibility. Each bundle was carried by two people, one end on the shoulder of each.

As Europeans settled North America, the Native American people were pushed from their homelands. Again and again, they bundled their possessions and moved to a new home. I chose to use willow branches in this piece to represent the strength and flexibility of the human spirit. And to explore individual and collective identity.

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