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A True Floridian by GoldenDruid A True Floridian by GoldenDruid
A Florida panther and her cub among the palmettos.

This is my state animal, the Florida panther, in traditional Seminole attire. I’m aware that the outfit is not entirely accurate and I took a lot of artistic liberties with the design. My inspiration for this piece came mainly from the Florida flag, which features a Seminole woman along a shoreline of palmettos. Old photographs depicting Seminole women and their families have also helped to inspire. I see lots of art representing Native Americans, but very rarely do I see Seminole art. Even rarer, Seminole art depicting the bond of mother and child. There is plenty of art in this world for the hunters and warriors; now for a portrait of a domestic warrior and her hunter-to-be.

Though the figures appear subdued, the true intensity lies beneath the layers of vibrant color and beaded necklaces. Florida has a spectacular cultural heritage and a wild beauty that tends to be overlooked by the modern eye. When people think of Florida they think of Disney or the crowded beaches. As a fifth generation Floridian, I think of my state’s natural splendor, culture, and unconquerable wildness. A little fact: the Seminole Tribe of Florida is considered to be the only unconquered indian tribe, and remains a sovereign entity in the United States. The Florida panther represents the same indomitable spirit. There are close to 150 remaining in Florida today and conservation efforts continue to increase their rate of survival. Another interesting fact: The Panther clan is the largest in the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

I hope this piece sparks a little patriotism in my fellow Floridians and inspires others to explore the heritage and culture of their own states.

For the contest at :iconanthro-fantasy-club: I decided to use the symbol on the mother panther’s sleeve to represent the “sunshine” state. The palmetto was chosen for the background because I wanted to also include Florida’s state plant, which grows everywhere and has a multitude of uses. It was invaluable to the Seminoles’ survival and I’m sure to the panther’s survival when it comes down to it. I’ve used this plant myself for so many things including weaving, waterproofing structures, roasting marshmallows, and even eating the palmetto heart. I felt it deserved a place in this painting because of its otherwise overlooked importance.

Enjoy :)

More of my work:
Using Grandma's Good China by GoldenDruid A Moment of Creative Thought by GoldenDruid Zoroscope: Capricorn-Tiger by GoldenDruid

Art©GoldenDruid2012
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Roadkill-Sarny Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Student Digital Artist
This is so gorgeous! Absolutely breath-taking work! 
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GoldenDruid Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Roadkill-Sarny Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018  Student Digital Artist
The pleasure's all mine!
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GeneralScourage Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017
if i could pick my favorite piece out of any deviantation id get this
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GoldenDruid Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :meow:
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nagualdos Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017
Amazing ~`
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GoldenDruid Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :meow:
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nagualdos Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017
anytime ~`
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Zaphkiellane Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is wonderful, I don't know how I didn't notice it until now. This is exactly the kind of thing I'm trying to do with the folklore and traditional drawings that go into Texas and Louisiana tradition and legends. Using local windlife therianthropes in local clothing. 

Anthro anthropology :)
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GoldenDruid Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Anthro anthropology, I love it!

Your work has so much story telling woven into every pencil stroke.
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Kodimarto Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017   Filmographer
So very precious and sweet.:D
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GoldenDruid Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Kodimarto Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017   Filmographer
You're welcome. :)
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KHVathiel Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
boops ouo you've certainly done your homework over the years huh? xD
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GoldenDruid Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed!  I love FL :heart:
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sampea Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Lovely.
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Last-Verse Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:iconlawooplz: My sister bought this as a bookmark at megaplex; I'm glad to see the full image! Very beautiful work, from one Floridian to another!
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GoldenDruid Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear it FL homie :lol:
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axemnas Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Student General Artist
I love the look of the cats and the baby's cute
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yumyumcat Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
a lot of us Floridians here xD I was trying to post yesterday and today and had so much trouble oi oi oi, but am back  :) I wanted to tell u how I just love this piece....as ofc I am Floridian :)  I had read how you had researched our beautiful state.. I must admit that made me so proud of you and the wonderful people in my home too!  IDK how old you are, but I've been around a little while and have seen our state at what I thought was at its finest.  I have such great memories of the widest white sand beaches filled with sandollars, sea glass and the most beautiful array of seashells anyone can possibly imagine.    The beaches have always been a very special playground which I'll hold dear until I leave this planet xD

In any case, your work is just amazing and glad I finally got a chance to post here today without Google going nutso on me lol.    I'll be checking out more of your art....you have a new fan in me Hug  O one more thing.. Heart of palm...I think it's illegal now, but I did have it once.. it was so good! Love 
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GoldenDruid Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love springs and rivers around here.  They are my favorite places.  Interesting about the heart of palm!  I didn't know it's now illegal.  I just remember as a kid me, my sis, and my dad were building a fort out of palm fronds and that's when we cut into the heart and had a bite.
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yumyumcat Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
I'm guessing u live a little northwest, but there's tons of beautiful springs in Florida, and I agree, they're definitely one of my favorite places too.   I found this! I think u'll get a charge out of it..it was written in 1987!  lol
Swamp Cabbage: Southern Florida Native With A Heart Of Pure Palm  I guess I need to find out if they're in fact legal to cut or not, but u do have to kill the tree to get to the heart of palm; which I would reluctantly do  as I'm sure u would lol. In any case, that's a great article and hope u enjoy  it as much as I did. xD
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GoldenDruid Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cool thanks for sharing!  I haven't had a chance to read this yet, but I'm very interested.
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yumyumcat Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
enjoy! ciao <3Heart 
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Kitta-Furen Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not a even Floridian and this fills me with a warm glow of pride!  What amazing artistic vision, and care to detail and symbolism!  Love 

Your work is both beautiful in the technique and talent it employs, as well as the meaning behind it, and I look forward to seeing more of it through watching you here on dA!  :D
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GoldenDruid Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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jdwtpa74 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I too am a Floridian, and this is very appropriate1  I love it.
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Sharkysaur Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so great!
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MLPhistorian Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
~<3 Another Floridian! :D
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Shembre Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
So very sweet! I really like the mother's face, and the cub-- who couldn't love that cutey! :heart:
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KevinRollins Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey! Florida! That's my state too! You did a nice piece here. I really like it.
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GoldenDruid Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Hi-Five for FL!
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Blue-Bear22 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cute!
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sniffinggriffin Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
lovely, I love the baby, great job! this goes to my fav. right now!!!+fav
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Megafoxy Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
This is lovely. :D I'm part of the Seminole tribe in Oklahoma. 
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PaperShinigami Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful and very inspirational indeed *nods*
It's nice to see someone who has pride in the state she lives in. I only ever hear complaints about it >> It was really starting to annoy, so this is very refreshing. Viva La Florida!
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GoldenDruid Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like :D I do love my state and wish more people appreciated its positive aspects and natural beauty.
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PaperShinigami Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Like wise *nods*
^.^
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OrochiPhoenix19 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Wow, this is very beautiful. Nice use of colors, both the mother and child look great, awesome work. ^^
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Bonbonaj3 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a Floridian, too, but I don't have any Seminole in my blood, though I do have some Cherokee on my mother's side (the only proof: my straight, dark hair). The only problem is that because panthers in Florida became very sparse, they imported a slightly different breed from out west, so the panthers we see today aren't the same as they were a couple hundred years ago.
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GoldenDruid Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting! I did not know this.
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Bonbonaj3 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is interesting.  Don't remember where I heard it, though.
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mnvulpin Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this artwork is very amazing! You're a great artist ^^
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GoldenDruid Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank ya!
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Karinta Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Hah! Very pretty.
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ziear Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg this is a gorgeous way to represent my state. And apparently yours too!! Seventh generation here! And what really caught my attention was this panther is dressed as a native american. Your discrip is wonderful too. Most people don't see the real Florida. Only the lavish parks and sunny beaches.
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GoldenDruid Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow seventh gen! I'm fifth gen.
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ziear Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read! That's so awesome by the way! I donno if you get this too but people are all the time surprised that I'm seventh gen. Like native Floridians are like unicorns or something. It amuses me. :3
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GoldenDruid Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha! So true! We are an oddity it seems.
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