Waiting just around the riverbend”
– Lyrics from Disney’s Pocahontas
The character of Disney’s Pocahontas is one that resonates with my spirit. She is a wild and free; living in Unity with the wind and creation that lives around her. She loves the land, her people, and the Great Dream-Giver.
Being part Native American, maybe this is where I too feel these qualities in my spirit; always finding God in nature and in my dreams. He speaks to me in every step, as long as my ears are tuned in to hear his whisper in the wind.
One of my favorite Psalms is psalms 46. In this is the famous verse ‘Be Still and Know I am God.’ But the verse that has always spoken to me in this is of the river that flows from God, into His holy dwelling place (vs. 4).
This is the river of life. The river that is always moving; the river that I step in, where I find the Spirit always changing, always flowing.
We are not made to be stagnant, or to become stale, but to live from this flow of life found in the essence of God within, and around us. The Great I AM- this river that is flowing from God and into his holy dwelling place- the temple: Us.
Lately, I’ve been experiencing God a lot as a mother. I’ve been feeling his/her mother heart more and more, and even beginning to realise why so many people call the earth ‘mother nature’. This whole world was created to be one to nourish us, mind, body, and spirit. And as I walk through the trees, I find it easiest to simply ‘be still and know’ (psalms 46); not having to do or be anything other than me- his/her daughter.
All of this is the inspiration behind my latest painting of Pocahontas- the chiefs daughter. As she sits with Grandmother Willow, in the light of God’s love, experiencing the mother heart; in unity with creation around her.
I chose to paint her in hero’s pose, to honor the true story of Pocahontas.
Her story is sadly not one of true love and romance, but of sacrifice and hardship.
She was captured, forced to marry, and convert to Christianity; taken from her homeland, given a new name, and paraded around England to show that these ‘savages’ could be ‘civilised’.
The very definition of Civilised means: to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; to elevate in social and private life; to enlighten.
From what I know about the Native Americans, I believe they were the civilised ones.
I also find it ironic that the real ‘savages’ tried to force Pocahontas to convert to a religion that claims to follow a God of peace and love; A God who gives us our breath of life and connects us to all living things. (Genesis) A God who created this beautiful earth for us to take care of, and live from. A religion that follows a glorious man- the lover of my soul- who sacrificed his whole life to bring this message to the world- that we are the sons and daughters of the great I AM- made to abide in this holy union found in that ever-flowing river of life; as we live from this same Spirit of Christ who is found within us…
In all of this, I can’t help but wonder if this is what the Native Americans were living from all along.
So here is my latest painting, The Chiefs Daughter. A tribute to the life of Pocahontas, along with my love Disney film itself, and the wild and free daughter of the chief that resides in us all.
Sarah Camille SI
PS: Along with the painting, I have handmade several (one of a kind) new Native American inspired jewelry pieces; some incorporating elements from the earth.
You can find them, my Pocahontas painting listed for sale in my art shop: