ANTARCTICA Dream-Dollars Four Dollar Notes

The second note in the Dream-Dollars denominations is the Four Dollar note. The number Four is a potent number, representing many things: four seasons in the Year, four cardinal directions, four walls in a room — it is the number of stability. In the Dream-Dollars system, the Four pairs with the Ninety-One Dollar note because there are ninety-one days in a season, times four seasons in a year. On the fronts of the Four Dollar notes are four prominent H’wari, the people that the colonists in Constonia befriended in the jungles of Argentina. On the reverses of these notes are emblems representing the four virtues needed for survival: Strength, Power, Work, and Knowledge.

Four Dollar Winter note, Digital print with mixed media, 2.5 x 6″ (2004)

The obverse of the Winter note features Ugluk, which early research suggests might be the tribal Shaman, or Seer. The tribal Shaman looks beyond, into the timeless land where all futures live. Winter is the time to look within, to explore the spiritual worlds.  The reverse shows the Castle, representing pregnancy, potentiality, the place of in-between times. In the dark Winter of your sleep, you must conserve and gather your energy. Build your Fortress of Strength.

Four Dollar Spring note, Digital print with mixed media, 2.5 x 6″ (2004)

Queen Akta is portrayed on the obverse of the Spring note. She was the Mother of her people and the visionary leader of a nation, deep in the jungles of southern Venezuela. Her decision to help the struggling colonists was crucial to the survival of Constonia.  The reverse displays new beginnings, vibrant strength: the struggle to find a place in the world.  Spring is the time to assert yourself and join the Struggle for Power.

Four Dollar Summer note, Digital print with mixed media, 2.5 x 6″ (2004)

Tamuran was the original figure on the Series A notes, since she was on the only existing fragments in the Nadiria Historical Society archives. Not much is known about her, but some are speculating that she was actually Miss Priscilla Harrington, sister of Eunice Sutcliffe. Evidence exists that she stayed behind in Argentina with the tribe and did not proceed to the Nadiria Colony.  The reverse of this note teaches us that Summer is the time for work, to labor in the fields. It is the season to cultivate the seeds that you planted in the Spring. Rise early and heed the Herald of the Dawn.

Four Dollar Autumn note, Digital print with mixed media, 2.5 x 6″ (2004)

On the Autumn note, we see the death mask of Tuk-Tuk, friend of explorer Ronald Sutcliffe. All we currently know of Tuk-Tuk is that he followed Sutcliffe to Antarctica from Argentina, but died in a tragic accident along with Sutcliffe himself.  The reverse of the Autumn note is emblematic of knowledge, the fruit of work; wisdom, the fruit of experience; and love, the fruit of life. At the end of things comes the harvest, where you shall eat of the Tree of Life.

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