I discovered that I was Ashkenozim - Jewish communities in Germany and France during the Middle Ages. This was my father’s tribe. His parents from Prussia immigrated to the United States in the early 20th century with the aid of Pentecostal missionaries. They traded their religion/culture for freedom. Ironically, I married a Jewish man in 1973.
'Many Trails' is the Stockbridge-Muncee symbol. It is a symbol of hope, strength and endurance of the Mohican people. It speaks of the many trails taken from Northeast America to Wisconsin. Much-He-Con-Nuck (The People From Where The Waters Are Never Still) is now their reservation.
The painting contains the Medicine Animals of the Tribe layered on top of the symbol - Wild Turkey: Give-Away, Turtle: Mother Earth, Bear: Introspection, Wolf: Teacher.
The Village painted in the center is made up of Wigwams made of bent saplings, covered with hides and bark.
This painting was done shortly after the opening of the National Museum of Native Americans in Washington DC. Judy is a founding member and joined the many tribes that met in Washington to celebrate the opening.