Elise Snow Andrews

Tribe: Kiowa
Based In: Redmond, WA

About the Art
According to the Kiowa story of the Seven Sisters, the Big Dipper was created while seven sisters and their brother were playing at the base of Devil’s Tower and the boy transformed into a bear. The sisters, terrified, ran away as their bear-brother chased them. The sisters stumbled upon the stump of a huge tree. The tree spoke to them and told them to climb upon it. After the sisters did so, the tree began to rise into the air, lifting the girls. When the bear arrived to where the tree had been, the sisters were already out of reach. The seven sisters became the stars forming the Big Dipper when they reached the sky. Ever since, the Kiowa have had kin in the night sky.

(text by Ellie DiCola)