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About the Artist: Marcine Quenzer
Marcine, is an accomplished artist in many mediums, concentrating on graphite, oils and acrylics. Her work is at home in Europe, as it is in Canada, Hawaii and other places around the nation.
Marcine's early years growing up in southwestern Idaho and living on the farm instilled in her a deep and enduring appreciation for the relationship between man and nature. Her father, Milbert Quenzer, sat her down at the age of four, and helped her draw her first picture. Little did he know that she had a natural gift and it would be the beginning of a life long pursuit.
Marcine takes her inspiration from the traditions and legends of the Native Americans amongst whom she has lived the last 15 years. She combines her artistic talents and personal knowledge of Native American tradition to produce art that preserves the culture of America's Indigenous People. Learning the Native American Life Ways has been the most exciting journey of all. Being able to share it through her art is one of the greatest delights of her life.
In 1996, Marcine did an after school project with the children of the Wyandotte Schools. The art the children created was put on T-shirts and hung in exhibition for the parents.
She has worked on many art projects, children's art, calendars, and T-shirts in connection with the Tribal Efforts Against Lead (TEAL) from 1996 until 2001.
Marcine facilitated Indian Territory Culture Center, Wyandotte, Oklahoma 1995-2002, where her husband taught young people Native American social dancing, singing and pow wow dancing. Often ancient songs could be heard late into the night while young people enjoyed learning traditional ways. The youth Stomp Dance group, led by Yvonne Perryman, Mohawk, attended the Winter Olympics 2002 at Salt Lake City, Utah, where they performed at many venues. The Youth Painted Horse Drum Group taught by Sonny Waters, Pawnee, has won at many pow wow Drum Competitions.
During this time, she created Painted Horse Native Museum filled with artifacts from both her husband and her own collection, as well as donated items. She added her art depicting many Native American stories, and creating a special section on Iroquoian woodland culture.
Marcine's family oral history says she is of Native decent. She has been residing in Oklahoma for the last 10 years, among the Eight Nations of Ottawa County. She met Kennesatah, an Oneida Elder in 1988. She was given the Indian name, Niyawehnsie, which kind of means the "Creator will answer his way". In 1994 Hubert Sky of Six Nations Reserve officiated in an adoption ceremony between Marcine and Susie Lord as sisters in the family of Rosie Lord, daughter of Amanda Bearskin Greenback, daughter of Rosie Fox, daughter of Amanda Whitewing, Seneca Deer Clan. Grandma Mandy has the distinction of having maintained the visitor's camp at the stomp grounds for some 80 years. In 1998, Marcine was adopted by Leonard "Catfish" Smith as his "sister" in the Maude Smith Family, Seneca/Quapaw in a traditional ceremony. And in 1999, in a medicine ceremony, she became "sister" to Bill King, Apache and to Ron Wahwassuck, Potawatomie. Marcine also has an "Uncle", Nahum Hersum, Winnebago.
Marcine's latest endeavor is a series of paintings on the Great Laws, which were established by Dekaniwida and Jikohnsaseh, both Hurons of the Northern Great Lakes, and an Onondaga, Hayenwatha. Because of this work she was named "Associate Artist for the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma". This series was first exhibited at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Later that summer, the display toured Germany in the "Good Medicine Tour" sponsored by the City of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Marcine's work participated in the International Peace Festival in Onondaga, the place of the Beginning of Peace two years in a row, 2004 & 2005, being displayed for three months in 2005 at St. Marie Among the Iroquois, in Syracuse, New York, on the shores of Lake Onondaga. Here she walked the very ground where the story of her series of paintings takes place. The opportunity to walk the holy ground and sacred path of the legendary Peacemaker and Great Peace Woman is a dream come true.
Marcine's work instills the desire to create a Lasting Peace among all mankind. She says: "Peace is the result of celebrating and enjoying our differences while recognizing our oneness. We are all on this planet together. Let's share and protect it, by being the brothers and sisters we truly are. There is only one Creator by whatever name we call Him and we all are his children."
Herstory-How this tour came to be
HISTORY in a nut shell
v In 1996, Marcine worked with the children of the Wyandotte Schools, OK. The children’s art was put on T-shirts and hung in exhibition for the community.
v Other art projects include: calendars, children’s art, story book, and T-shirts in connection with the Tribal Efforts Against Lead, Ottawa County, OK from 1996 to 2001.
v Marcine facilitated Indian Territory Cultural Center, Wyandotte, Ok. where children learned Native American songs, social, and pow-wow dancing.1996-2003
v She created Painted Horse Native Museum, Wyandotte, filled with art depicting Native American stories, creating a special section on Iroquoian woodland cultures. 1996-2003
v Marcine has done many pow wow designs for as well as Green Corn designs 1993-2003
v Copies of her work “Showboat” and “Oklahoma” for the Morrison Performing Arts Center in Boise, Idaho, hangs at the State Capital. 1993 and 1994
v Many Awards and People’s Choice at Competitions
v Marcine’s latest endeavor is a series of 34 oil paintings based on her understanding and passion for the Haudenosaunee’s Great Laws of Peace, established by the Peacemaker Dekaniwida, The Prophet of Peace Hiawatha and the Mother of Nations Jikohnsaseh.
This exhibit has become known as “The Spirit Winds of Peace Tour”. It has been;
o 2007 Exhibit at Hispanic Cultural Center, Nampa, Idaho
o 2007 Exhibited at Four Rivers Museum, Ontario, Oregon May
o 2006 Exhibited at Lake Harbor, Boise, Idaho November
o 2006 Exhibited at “The Gathering of Peacemakers” at Santa Cruz, California.
o 2006 Exhibited at Dominican University in San Rafael, Ca. for the Annual International Conference
on the Study of Shamanism.
o 2005 The Original paintings were on display at St. Marie Among the Iroquois, Syracuse, New
York, for three months.
o Marcine’s work was featured at the International Peace Festival, at Onondaga Lake, Liverpool,
New York, the Place of the Beginning of the Great Laws of Peace in October 2004 and July 2005.
o 2004 Ek-wah-hey-way Cultural Center, Tuscarora Nation, Tonawanda, NY
o 2004 Gathering of Elders, Six Nations, Canada
o 2004 Exhibited at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho .
o 2003 Exhibited at Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma, Wyandotte, OK.
o 2002 Toured Germany in the “Good Medicine Tour” sponsored by the City of Broken Arrow, OK
o 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
o First Exhibited at Painted Horse Native Museum, Wyandotte, Oklahoma .
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