Kateri Tekakwitha was the first Native American to be canonized a saint. This icon by Father John Giuliani paid tribute to her many years before.5 as Blessed Kateri, Lily of the Mohawk.
Standing in a patch of blue flax in a field of lilies this image of Kateri, who died before her 24th birthday in 1680, shows her preferred blue mantle resting on a traditional Mohawk skirt and leggings whose edges are decorated with colorful beadwork as are her moccasins. The warm glow surrounding her figure suggests the blessedness of her innocence and, more mystically, its radience among us.
Traditional iconography gives witness to the human face of the Sacred. This icon, imaged in the features of America's indigenous peoples, reveals anew that sacred power. It celebrates the soul of the Native American as the original spiritual presence on this continent, and as a prophetic sign, it celebrates the vision of Native and Christian peoples of this land.
Measurements: Width 10 | Height 18.5 (inches).
All Measurements are approximate.
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