Step into the enchanting realm of Demeter, the Greek goddess of the Earth's harvest and agriculture, as Andrea LaHue unveils the awe-inspiring Demeter Goddess Art Print. Delve into the mythological narrative of Demeter's grief and unwavering dedication to the land and fertility. In this blog post, we celebrate Madonna Thunder Hawk, a living embodiment of Demeter, and her remarkable journey as a Native American civil rights activist, environmental advocate, and leader in the fight for land preservation and cultural rights.
Demeter: Goddess of Harvest, Grief, and Rebirth:
In Greek mythology, Demeter stood as the protector of the Earth's harvest and fertility, guiding humanity in the ways of agriculture and the cultivation of grains. However, her story is intertwined with profound grief following the abduction of her daughter, Persephone, by Hades, the god of the underworld. Overwhelmed by sorrow, Demeter halted the seasons, stunting growth and causing widespread devastation. Forced into action, Zeus dispatched Hermes to negotiate Persephone's release. Though Persephone must spend part of the year in the underworld, Demeter's joyous reunion with her daughter symbolizes the cycle of life, death, and rebirth—a central theme of the Eleusinian Mysteries.
Madonna Thunder Hawk: A Living Icon of Resilience and Activism:
Madonna Thunder Hawk emerges as the living embodiment of Demeter's strength, resilience, and unwavering dedication to the land. Born into a world marked by civil rights abuses and cultural desecration, Thunder Hawk drew inspiration from her indigenous heritage, fostering a profound connection to the land, discipline, education, and activism. As a prominent Native American civil rights activist, Thunder Hawk co-founded the Women of All Red Nations, organized against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and served as a tribal liaison and organizer for the Lakota People's Law Project. Through her tireless advocacy, she fights for land, water, and air preservation, highlighting the interconnectedness between human survival and the natural world. Thunder Hawk's efforts extend to fighting for children's and family rights, challenging sterilization abuses, and supporting political prisoners. As a speaker, teacher, matriarch, and guardian of her community, Thunder Hawk represents the collective voice of mothers, echoing Demeter's plea to restore the health and vitality of the land.
The Demeter Print: A Symbol of Activism and Endurance:
Immerse yourself in the transformative energy of the Demeter art print, a testament to the power of activism and resilience. This limited-edition hand-embellished archival pigment print on sustainable Bamboo Paper captures the essence of Demeter's connection to the Earth and the enduring strength of Madonna Thunder Hawk's advocacy. Adorned with 24 karat gold leaf and spray paint, each print radiates a sense of reverence and empowerment. Measuring 16" x 16" and limited to an edition of 10, every print is personally hand-signed and numbered by Andrea LaHue, accompanied by her unique chop mark as a guarantee of authenticity. Madonna Thunder Hawk as Demeter
Demeter is known as the Greek Goddess of the Earth’s harvest and agriculture. Her domain is the grains and fertility of Mother Earth. She taught humanity all the ways of agriculture via Triptolemus, who freely taught it to whomever asked. Perhaps most remembered about Demeter, is her enormous grief, at the loss of her daughter Persephone. A grief that sparked obsessive searching for her daughter until all the seasons halted, all growth stopped and everything began to die. Forced into action, Zeus sends Hermes to bring Persephone back to her mother Demeter, yet she was tricked by Hades, her kidnapper and god of the underworld, and is now forced to split her year between the two. In the Eleusinian Mysteries she and her daughter are worshiped and centered on agriculture and grains, the cycle of life, death and rebirth and how it relates to the afterlife.
Madonna Thunder Hawk is the living American icon who embodies the Greek Goddess Demeter. Born under intense civil rights abuses, broken treaties and desecration of land and culture, Madonna Thunder Hawk tempered lack with connection to the land, her culture, discipline, education and activism. She is known best for being a Native American civil rights activist, a leader in the American Indian Movement and organized against the Dakota Access Pipeline. A co-founder of the Women of All Red Nations, tribal liaison and organizer for Lakota People’s Law Project. Madonna Thunder Hawk has been present, at some of the most important moments in our history, over the last century. Thunder Hawk has tirelessly advocated for the land, water and air human beings and the natural world need to survive. She has organized for children and family rights and against sterilization abuses. Further, Madonna Thunder Hawk advocates for the activists aka political prisoners, with legal liaison and support. Speaker, teacher, matriarch, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, Madonna Thunder Hawk represents all the mothers of this land, like Demeter, sending a message to the powers that be, like Zeus, with prayerful protest. She wants her daughter, the land, back. Everything is starting to die.
This Demeter print, from the POWHER series of work with SugarPressArt.com is a hand embellished archival pigment print on sustainable Bamboo Paper, from an edition of 10. Prints are embellished with 24 karat gold leaf and spray paint. The Soteria prints by Andrea LaHue are 16" x 16", hand signed and numbered with chop mark. Museum quality, with museum quality framing available at checkout. Artist: Andrea LaHue aka Random Act Title: Demeter Edition: Hand Embellished Archival pigment print on sustainable Bamboo Paper, from an edition of 10 Medium: Embellished with 24 karat gold leaf & spray paint. Size: 16 x 16 inches Markings: Hand Signed and numbered with chop mark Date: 2022 Why reimagine the Greek Goddesses in 2021? Stay tuned.