Goodnight, Veryl

Veryl Goodnight, NSS - Cares for Her Brothers (Study)


Additional Information

  • Medium: Bronze
  • Edition: 150
  • Size: 6'' x 7'' x 5''

This sculpture is a study for the life-size sculpture Cares for Her Brothers, which is in the Denver Zoo and the Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. It was the first sculpture in a series depicting Western women living close to the land and sharing their lives with animals. 

Says the Goodnight in her book No Turning Back: The Art of Veryl Goodnight:

I had an art show in Fort Collins with Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a Northern Cheyenne. On the way back to his home in Ignacio, Colorado, he stopped [by Goodnight's house] for a visit. He came at feeding time and had to follow me around from animal to animal. 

A few weeks later, I receive a beaded necklace and a letter from Ben. It stated, "I told my Grandmother of a woman whose heart goes out to all living things. she said she should be known as Ewu Wumishi HeMe: 'Cares for Her Brothers.'"

I chose to portray this honorable name through a sculpture of a pioneer woman cradling an abandoned fawn deer.

In her poem, Cares for Her Brothers, Goodnight writes:

She found him lying in the shade, she slipped quietly away when evening drew near.

All the animals were her brothers, the bear and the buffalo the fawns and their mothers.

She cared for the souls of the fish and the fowl, the mares and foals.

Her heart was so filled with love for others that to all the animals she was 'Cares for Her Brothers'.

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