The artist comes from the Horse Bundle People.  His carrier of prayers is that of the horse, the Sacred Dog. 

The spirit lights represent our relatives from the past that are also a part of the prayer- they are asking Creator to have pity on their grandchild or child.  The background is am orphic representing the ever-changing life struggle and goodness.  The circle is symbolic of grandmother moon, the host of compassion.  The two feathers represent the two lives; one of the contemporary world and the other of traditional.  They also represent the man and the woman.  The four stripes signify the artist was centered within the four directions during the making and the completion of this piece.