Current originals by Marianne Millar are acrylic paintings on canvas and are available for purchase through the artist unless otherwise noted. Please contact Marianne for all purchase and shipping information.
Of all the plants known to ancient Indians, tobacco was among the most sacred. Considered one of the earliest forms of spiritual expression among North American Indians, the ritual use of tobacco was widespread throughout the continent. To Native peoples of the Plains the act of smoking tobacco through ceremonial pipes was a means of prayer used to give thanks, to establish new relationships and seal agreements, to mark significant passages of ceremonial life, and to begin important expeditions.
At one time, the Otoes and Missourias, along with the Winnebago and Iowa Tribes, were once part of a single tribe that lived in the Great Lakes Region of the United States. In the 16th century, the Iowa, Otoe, and Missouria broke away from that tribe and moved to the south and west.
Inspired by the Native American closing prayer of the day. This Nez Perce woman, dressed in her finest regalia of beads and dentilium shell deer skin dress, faces the West and the setting of the sun and gives thanks to the Creator for all of His blessings.
Through the centuries spotted horses have been given names ranging from the mystical Celestial Horses in China, to the Knabstrupper in Denmark, to the Tigre in France. Joining these marvelous marked horses is the American breed, the Appaloosa.
This Tsimshian frontlet dancing headdress from British Columbia is carved out of wood, inlaid with abalone shell, adorned with ermine skin dangles, and crowned with seal whiskers. The ownership of such an elaborate headdress was the prerogative of chiefs, and was part of the ensemble of chiefly regalia.
For many Great Plains tribes, a special amulet was created for each newborn baby. Immediately after delivery, one of the female attendants would cut the child’s umbilical cord and its end was tightly bound with sinew. Parts were kept and placed in one of these special amulets which often had the particular shape of small reptiles such as lizards, snakes and turtles – animals hard to catch or kill.
Inspired by the views near Marianne’s studio, this modern landscape shows a storm gathering over the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are the most important mountain range in New Mexico, and contain most of the state’s high peaks. The range extends from Santa Fe in the south past Taos to the Colorado state line, and beyond into South Central Colorado.