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Ayadizooked (The Storyteller)
Artist: Simone McLeod
Acrylic on canvas (detail) 2012
16 x 20 inch (ca. 40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Original 860 CAD/ 765 USD*/ 600 EUR*
Product code: SZPF-3
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Be thankful for everything
It's a flat barren place where I grew up.
As I pray here to the East, I realize that us children never lost our strength and our inherent right to our doodems and helpers no matter how horribly cruel and abusive the adults, our parents, were to us...
Life is good.
I have replaced negative memories with memories of this spiritual legacy that I carry with me, and I am happy and grateful to see a reflection of this artist man with whom I share this legacy and the magic of storytelling...
The grandmother storyteller in the painting symbolizes the old spiritual legacy of the Midewiwin People, the Good Hearted Ones that teach us the good ways of our ancestors. The eight sacred miigis shells I painted in her hair and braid symbolize the Mide teachings that stem from the time when our People still lived at the northern shores of the Atlantic Ocean. The flowers I painted on her dress represent the earth and all of her wisdom. The two children are the young ones that have been hurt but find medicine and healing in the ways of the Midewiwin. They are now grown-ups, artists, who see reflections of each other in the storyteller's mirror. The X-ray symbols that I painted inside them are symbols of their respective doodems (clans). The red and blue color in the sun stands for earth and sky. Blue is for the sky, red is for the earth; together they form the universe.
Miigwechiwendan akina gegoo ahaw.
Be thankful for everything!
- Simone McLeod/Aki-egwaniizid