of Indigenous Arts and Culture
This page is dedicated to the sculptures, prints, paintings and installations by artists Michael Auld
(Yamaye) and Rose Powhatan (Pamunkey/Tauxenent). As a husband and wife team, both artists have
worked and exhibited as a team and independently. Their works have been critically acclaimed (sometimes
more than once) by the New York Times, The Washington Post, other publications as well as in a variety of
catalogs. (Click on both names above to see some of their individual and joint works.)
*Rose Powhatan beside Pocahontas statue at Gravesend, London.
Although both artists have worked with other themes, this EDUCATIONAL page is dedicated to
Amerindian aesthetics and is in keeping with this web site's stated educational goals.
1:"Huracan/Hurricane". 2: "Four Deities" 3: "Bionel" God of Rain. One of four
prints of Taino entities.
Anacaona: The Queen of Jaragua.
Click on her pix to see installation.
Click on the three above photographs to see details
Installations.- Michael Auld
Left: 1. "Mucaro Bohuti" A
shape-shifting Owl-Shaman. This
bird represents the protective
watchman of the Taino Creation
Story, who was called "He Who
Does Not Blink". He sat in front of
2. Enlargement with explanations
of some Caribbean foods taken
around the world to feed millions of
people in ALL of the planet's
continents and islands after 1492.
3. "Itiba Cahubaba": The Fifth Earth
Mother giving cesarean birth to the
Four Fathers Of Humankind, seen in
her womb/cave. Life-sized composite
wood, ceramic, abalone shell and
4. "Anacaona": In her Bohio
(Roundhouse) seated on her dujo
(throne). Life-sized cherry and ginkoba
wood, Amazon parrot feathers, conch
shell, cotton and beaten wisteria vines.
Above: "Storyteller". Acrylic on canvas
by Rose Powhatan (Pamunkey/Tauxenent)
Adkins at their
in Charles City,
Left: Powhatan Installation at the University of Maryland
Gallery. A framed longhouse replica with the deceased, a
fire-engraved Totem and a layout of a Powhatan Village
Warrior" with a
ceramic face, vines.
Bent wood, woven
cotton cord, animal
skulls, deer antler,
wild turkey feathers
traditionally used ion
Note: Keziah was an
County) leader of a
"band' of Indians who
twice burned down the
courthouse. Her land
was "given" to
Lord Fairfax by his
cousin, the King of
England. (All are
Above: "Gua-ha-yo-nah" the First Shaman in his canoe to the Islands of
Women and Gold. (Click on both photos)
Far Left: Two photos of
"Matenino The Island of Women"
a part of the "Travels of
Guahayona" a Taino epic
collected in 1500s Hispaniola by
Father Ramon Pane.
Wood, stone and vines. The
head is a cemi, s tri-pointed
sacred Taino stone alter.
Above: "Guanin" is
the sister humming-
bird "Island of Gold"
to which Gua-ha-
yona traveled. The
the Taino of 14k