Heart Line Bag. 16" x 13" x 1". Etching on deerskin, antique purse clasp, linen thread. 2003

The Heart Line was the Sioux belief that the heart of the buffalo was where the supernatural power was stored. They would paint this on the teepee, with a line going from the mouth to the heart. I have made it to the human heart, referring to the place where our power of empathy lies and if only we used this rather than aggression, we would not face wars, famine and poverty. There is no fringe with this bag, but from the mouth there is a red knotted string. The knots represent all the lies told to the Indians.