Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Blue Lunar Monkey/ Blue Rhythmic Night - Crystal Rabbit Moon of Cooperation, Day 10
Shield Dancer by Acee Blue Eagle,
Acee Blue Eagle (17 August 1907 – 18 June 1959), also named Alex C. McIntosh, Chebon Ahbulah (Laughing Boy), and Lumhee Holot-Tee (Blue Eagle), was a Muscogee Creek-Pawnee-Wichita artist, educator, dancer, and flute player.
He was born near Anadarko, Oklahoma, into the Mcintosh family, a family which has given the Creek tribe of Oklahoma many of its chiefs. His great-grandfather was chief of the creeks for 31 years. He studied at Chilocco Indian Agricultural School; Bacone College; University of Oklahoma, Norman; Oklahoma State Technical School, Okmulgee, and Haskell Institute, Lawrence, Kansas, where a business administration building is named Blue Eagle Hall in his honor.
Blue Eagle served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He died on 18 June 1959, and is buried in the National Cemetery at Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.
Blue Eagle became a painter of murals for the Federal Art Project in 1934. In 1935, Blue Eagle was invited to give a series of lectures on American Indian art at Oxford University in England, and he took Europe by storm. Returning to the United States, he established the Art Department at Bacone College in 1935, and directed the program until 1938. There he helped shaped development of the Bacone style of painting. In the 1940s he created a number of works for his friend, the collector Thomas Gilcrease. Blue Eagle gained worldwide fame during his lifetime, and his two-dimensional paintings hang in private and public galleries all over the world. Acee was well known for painting large interior murals, some of which are still preserved in Oklahoma. One of Acee's murals was in the dining hall of the USS Oklahoma (BB-37). In 1934, as a Public Works of Art Project commission, Blue Eagle completed two large murals for the classrooms of the health and physical education building of Oklahoma College for Women, now the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He also completed PWAP murals at other Oklahoma colleges, including one in the auditorium of Central State College (now University of Central Oklahoma) and on in the administration building of Northeastern State Teachers' College (now Northeastern State University). Blue Eagle's large interior oil on canvas murals titled Seminole Indian Scene commissioned by the WPA in 1939 for the U.S. post office at Seminole, Oklahoma are still on display. For the U.S. Post Office in Coalgate, Oklahoma, Blue Eagle painted the acrylic Women Making Pishafa, or Indian Family at Routine Tasks in 1942, which was commissioned by the Section of Painting and Sculpture. The Coalgate mural was restored in 1965 by prominent Muscogee Creek-Seminole painter and muralist Fred Beaver.
He was elected into the Indian Hall of Fame, Who's Who of Oklahoma, and the International Who's Who. He was chosen "Outstanding Indian in the United States" in 1958. Among his many honors, Blue Eagle received a medal for eight paintings at the National Museum of Ethiopia, presented by the Emperor Haile Selassie I. Fellow Oklahoma artist and muralist Charles Banks Wilson said of Blue Eagle; "Acee was the Dale Carnegie of Indian Art. If Oklahoma has a foundation in Indian Art, it is with Acee Blue Eagle."
Tamara Liegerot Elder published a biography of the artist: Lumhee Holot-tee: The Art and Life of Acee Blue Eagle, in 2006 through Medicine Wheel Press.
Kin 171: Blue Lunar Monkey
I polarize in order to play
I seal the process of magic
With the lunar tone of challenge
I am guided by the power of abundance.
Spiritual self-sufficiency is a function of discipline, which is a continuing spiritual sacrifice of the lower self for the higher self.*
*Star traveler's 13 Moon Almanac of Synchronicity, Galactic Research Institute, Law of Time Press, Ashland, Oregon, 2015-2016.
The Sacred Tzolk'in
Ajna Chakra (Gamma Plasma)