Head of the Heard, Lead Horse Pony

The theme of this piece was to communicate to my audience the very intimate change of life or “Rites of Passage” of a young man to adulthood as he takes his place among his people. Directly centered is the Medicine wheel with outreaching designed beadwork connecting both the light of the heavens and mystery of the night.

The undecorated pony represents the innocence of the child and the eagle feather above symbolizes the beginning of the passage (spiritual naming).  An eagle staff signifies the beginning acts of selflessness rather than selfishness, among his people. The decorated pony represents the change into manhood.  Reins and feather denotes that his path is controlled by the one truth.