2020 Stormy Times

Messengers of Wakan Tanka (the Everywhere Spirit)

Music and Art By Jeanette Sacco-Belli

Surround yourself with wonderful people. That’s what I like to do. Life is richer and fuller when you are surrounded by creative, interesting, engaging and fun people.

Jeanette Sacco-Belli is one of my dearest friends. She was a classmate of Michael’s when they were in college, at then College of Notre Dame. They both received Master of Music degrees there. Later, they became colleagues as they both worked at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont.

Jeanette is as sweet as she is talented. While a voice teacher by profession, she also plays Native American flute. Known as Little Wolf, she feels a strong kindred spirit with the native peoples of America. As well, Jeanette is an amazing artist whose works can often be found in galleries.

When Jeanette mentioned that she had another creation in the works, Michael requested her to send updates as she worked on it. He had in mind to put it to video, with her music. I don’t think Jeanette knew what he had in mind, but she complied with regular updates on her painting. Once completed, Michael created the video you see here. Two talented people.

I am including her Artist Statement, and you will see the art and music speak for themselves. I hope you will also click on her studio link to see more of her art and to learn more about her… or maybe even to sign up for voice lessons!

This painting expresses the artists’ deep concern for Mother Earth and for all life upon her. The expression on the faces within the painting express combinations of anger, disappointment and sadness for the many things that have been happening on the Planet for the last few years, with 2020 being especially difficult. There is great disharmony and imbalance in the world. In order to save our planet and ourselves people must work together to turn around the environmental disaster we have already entered into. Without honorable leadership in the Government the world will continue to unravel. Pollution is increasing, creating unhealthy environments, global warming, severe weather, earthquakes and a general feeling of desperateness as more and more people are without jobs and the basic necessities needed for life. Native Americans prophesied that these problems would arise in dominant society many years ago. In Native American Spirituality everything is considered Sacred and Honored; All Life Matters: animate and inanimate. There are lessons to be learned from everything around us if we can listen with an open heart. If we can see more like the Hawk, from a higher vintage point and perspective, we can become more understanding, compassionate and tolerant. The shrillness of a Hawk’s cry is piercing, inviting us to wake up from our own state of unawareness where we only see our own personal problems but not the struggles of others. Hawk asks us to look within to seek a higher truth, to see beyond our own noses, to imagine what it would be like to walk in someone else’s moccasins. How we treat the Earth and the life upon her has consequences for us all. The lesson from Buffalo is gratitude, being thankful for that which has been given, not to take more than one needs or squander and waste precious resources from the Earth. Buffalo teaches that to create peace, balance and serenity amidst chaos, one must pray in earnest for enlightenment and for the wellness of everyone and everything as we are completely interwoven.

-Jeanette Sacco-Belli

Music: Eagles Flight, from Eternally Intertwined. Composed and performed by Jeanette Sacco-Belli (Little Wolf)

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This post was written by Rumana Jabeen

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