Marcine Quenzer: Native American
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, Neawesee, 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."
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