The Rise of Fantomah: The Awakening of the Spirits of the Forest

Inspired by the book Kathleen read while on the trip, Women who run with the wolves, her work is focused on the correlation between wildlife and wild women. The rise of Fantomah shows a battle between nature, the female psyche and those who would destroy it.

"Wildlife and the Wild Woman are both endangered species. Over time, we have seen the feminine instinctive nature looted, driven back, and overbuilt. For long periods it has been mismanaged like the wildlife and the wildlands. For several thousand years, as soon and as often as we turn our backs, it is relegated to the poorest land in the psyche. The spiritual lands of Wild Woman have, throughout history, been plundered or burnt, dens bulldozed, and natural cycles forced into unnatural rhythms to please others. It’s not by accident that the pristine wilderness of our planet disappears as the understanding of our own inner wild natures fades."

-Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Women Who Run with the Wolves

Fantomah is the first female comic-book superhero, created by Fletcher Hanks in 1940. She is the protector of the natural world and its creatures, and would often inflict cruel punishment on anyone who threatened any of them.

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