Woman Warrior Mask
The Black Crawler is
a woman warrior patient, but decisive. Her web is her weapon.
While the male warrior might fight to gain ground, the woman warrior
battles to protect her own. Her web is the cord that holds the
heard of a spider woman character in other cultures Maori
and Ashanti, that I know of off-hand Id never known
of one in my own culture, until my aunt, Martina Pierre, told
me about a vision she had in a sweathouse some years back. A song
came to her from the distant past. The medicine man named it for
her -- Black Crawler. Martina recognized Black Crawler as the
woman warrior in herself. My aunt is a protector of our culture
and a warrior for our people.
Martina inspired me
to make her vision real. It took Martina, the medicine man and
me to salvage this shard from my peoples past. I feel privileged
to give Black Crawler form. I only hope Ive done her justice.
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