Sunday, September 26, 2010
As he prepared for the initial set of sketches, Luca intended to include a representation of Tecumseh, who, as a leader of a confederacy of First Nations tribes had become an ally of Sir Isaac Brock and had sided with Upper Canada's forces in the War of 1812.
As the painting progressed however, Luca discovered that Tecumseh had never traveled to the region around Brock University and thus the final version of the painting Tecumseh – whose name signifies “Shooting Star” or “Panther Across The Sky”- does not include a rendition of Tecumseh per se.
It does however include a symbolic allusion. In a detail, indicated in the left hand corner of the panel above, a First Nations warrior points to the sky where a shooting star floats, almost imperceptible, above the canvas. This First Nations warrior symbolizes Tecumseh’s brother Tenskwatawa, "the Shawnee prophet", a charismatic leader himself, who had helped Tecumseh in his efforts to create the coalition of First Nations tribes.
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