I recently came across an article about a newly painted mural in Chicano Park. So I headed to Barrio Logan today to see it up close.
The colorful, symbolic mural celebrates the Native American Kumeyaay story of Creation. It was designed by artist Carmen Linares Kalo. The painting was completed with the help of many artists. (You can see their names in some of the following photos.)
All of the murals inside Chicano Park are bold and vibrant, but I must say the imagery in this one is exceptionally powerful.
The Kumeyaay people lived on this land thousands of years before the existence of a United States or a Mexico or a Spain, and their spiritual connection to nature is beautifully conveyed. Different native animals represent different people in the story of Creation.
Sadly, one person in this world that we all share, when I approached the mural, was buried among painted flowers, homeless.
If you want to learn more about this mural, and its special dedication event a couple months ago, check out the article here.
If you’d like to read Kumeyaay stories concerning their world, its ancient creation and unending life, visit the web page Kumeyaay Religions and Legends and follow the links!
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