“Munny and Seven of Wands”
Lisa De St. Croix
The plight of the Amazon Indians threatened by the building of the Belo Monte dam came into my consciousness the day I pulled the Seven of Wands to paint in my tarot deck “Tarot de St. Croix” These are the words Chief Raoni spoke at the Rio conference on the future of our planet. "I want to ask the entire World to respect us, the native people. That the world respects our lands, the native lands. That they let us live in peace. I am going to continue to defend Nature, the river, the forests... and I'm going to see that my sons pursue my fight to defend what belongs to them and preserve the lands which are theirs." - Chief Raoni. The Seven of Wands is a card of valor; the courage to stand up for what you value and not to compromise or settle for less. The Seven of Wands is about defending your position and communicating a deeply felt opinion.
Amazon Watch: The Brazilian Government is building the world's third largest hydroelectric dam on one of the Amazon's major tributaries, the Xingu River. The Belo Monte Dam complex is designed to divert 80% of the Xingu River's flow, devastating an area of over 1,500 square kilometers of Brazilian rainforest while resulting in the forced displacement of between 20,000 - 40,000 people. The project is causing grave and direct impacts to the land and livelihood of thousands of riverine and urban families, as well as 1,000 indigenous people from several communities, while provoking profound indirect impacts throughout the Xingu basin's communities, rivers, and forests.
About the Artist-
Lisa de St. Croix was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Lisa has exhibited her paintings across United States in New York, Boston and Santa Fe as well as internationally in South Africa, France, Portugal and Mexico. Lisa has been awarded the New Mexico Arts Purchase Award twice and her paintings are in many private and public collections. Her work hangs in six hospitals, The Corrales Court House and New Mexico University. Lisa has taught many art workshops throughout the world. She has designed sets, written and produced puppet shows and has painted several murals on public buildings. Lisa’s paintings and art journals are inspired by her experiences, travels and visions. Lisa now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she teaches art workshops and has just completed a tarot deck “Tarot de St. Croix”.
Starting bid- $300