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The Artists of Ancient Hands

Each of our artists has found that the artistic tradition of the Southeast has deep personal meaning to them. This tradition has been nearly lost to the modern world until recently. Through research in private and museum collections and in archaeological literature they have discovered the extraordinary art created by America's First People in the Southeast. Our artists are leaders in a revival of Southeastern art. Collectively, they represent an emerging trend. With a growing knowledge and understanding of Southeastern symbolism and mythology and a foundation in contemporary aesthetics, they have produced work that displays a unique and individual style.


Ivan Ferrich Gundrum

Ivan Ferrich Gundrum

Ethnographic Artist, painter, designer (decorative arts).

Ivan was born in 1892 in the small Croatian town of Oriovac. He was classically trained in art schools since the age of 10. Heworked at the Acropolis, the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg (Lenin-grad), Russia and directed his own decorative arts business in Vienna, Austria. In 1925 he won an unprecedented three Grand Prix awards at the International Decorative Arts Exhibition in Paris. He helped establish, and became the artistic director of the Guopo Guama Museum in Cuba which featured recreations of Indo-Antillian art, and directed his own decorative arts business. Through his association with Dr. Edgar Banks and Dr. Hale Smith, Ivan eventually came to Tallahassee, an exile from Cuba, and began reproducing Southeastern Indian artifacts. The Tallahassee Museum staff assisted him with his research. Mr. Gundrum passed away in 1985, but his contribution to the Southeastern tradition is invaluable. His work is still exhibited internationally. Many of the pottery reproductions offered by Ancient Hands were originally reconstructed by Mr. Gundrum. Ancient Hands would not exist today without the foundation of the prolific work of Mr. Gundrum.


Jim Hale

Jim Hale

Flute maker

Jim, tsimi, was born and raised through his adolescent years in the homeland of the Sequatchie Valley area in Eastern Tennessee.  Jim is of Cherokee heritage and anigilohi, the Long Hair clan.  Hearing the stories and following "the old ways (traditions)" of the elders and ancestors is an integral part of Jim's life journey.  Holding a bachelor's and master's degree in music and a doctorate degree in counseling psychology, Jim has worked as a music educator, music therapist, professional musician, school counselor, and professional counselor.  Jim considers flute-making an honor and recognizes the role individuality plays in the musical experience, remaining true to many of the traditions of Native American style flute construction.


 

Marty Haythorn

Marty Haythorn

Contemporary artist (pottery), sculptor, ethnographic artist, art educator.

Marty’s heritage is both Native American and European. His interest in Native American pottery began as a child when his family traveled throughout the Southwest. He met Maria Martinez and other exceptional Native American potters and began a lifelong passion for pottery-making. He has produced and taught pottery for over 35 years. During the mid-70’s, he worked closely with ethnographic artist Ivan Gundrum for four years producing museum-quality reproductions of Southeastern Pre-Columbian pottery. In the early 90’s he began experimenting with indigenous clays, pit-firing and stone burnishing. He now designs and produces original pieces in the Southeastern tradition and continues to expand the colletion of reproductions begun by Ivan Gundrum. Marty has a degree in Arts Administration and has worked as a Supervisory Arts Specialist, a Recreation Therapist and a Children’s Program Coordinator in an Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center. He is the founder and principle artist of Ancient Hands. His work is exhibited internationally.


 

Lindajo Haythorn

Ivan Ferrich Gundrum

Contemporary artist, painter, muralist, art educator.

Lindajo has been an art educator since 1982, with a primary focus on art and dance therapy. Her classes emphasize multi-cultural expression through both visual and performing arts. She designs original pieces for Ancient Hands, embellishing her husbands work with fiber, shells, beads, feathers and other natural materials. She paints the Calusa interpretive reproductions based on the watercolors of Wells M. Sawyer. Her painting recreates the coloring of the original artifacts and gives them the appearance of aged wood. Working with Ancient Hands offers her a unique opportunity to recreate and present to the world an ancient artistic tradition.


 

Yamassee Hokte (“Walks Gently Woman”)

Ivan Ferrich Gundrum

Contemporary artist (pottery pipes), ethnographic artist, painter, weaver.

Yamassee Hokte is a member of the Southeastern Muskogee-Creek Elder Council. She has been a painter, a weaver, and a potter for many years. She has taught primitive and tapestry weaving in Europe, Asia and the United States. As an Ancient Hands artist, she recreates traditional Southeastern pipes and designs original contemporary earthenware pipes in the Southeastern style. She has also made a lifelong study of archaeology, entomology and the healing qualities of plants.

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