"Raccoons".

Original watercolor painting of Raccoon by Juan Bosco
8 by 4 inches (21x9,5cm)

Original watercolor painting of Raccoon by Juan Bosco
8 by 4 inches (21x9,5cm)

Original watercolor painting of Raccoon by Juan Bosco
8 by 4 inches (21x9,5cm)


ITEM SPECIFICS nº 1086:

In the mythology of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, the raccoon was the subject of folk tales. In other tales, the raccoon played the role of the trickster which outsmarts other animals, like coyotes and wolves. Among others, the Dakota Sioux believed the raccoon had natural spirit powers, since its mask resembled the facial paintings, two-fingered swashes of black and white, used during rituals to connect to spirit beings. The Aztecs linked supernatural abilities especially to females, whose commitment to their young was associated with the role of wise women in the tribal society.
In Western culture, several autobiographical novels about living with a raccoon have been written, mostly for children. The best-known is Sterling North's Rascal, which recounts how he raised a kit during World War I.

 


Original watercolors of raccoons painted by Juan Bosco. 

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