The concept of mino-bimaadiziwin, or Life (how to live a good life), which is the central theme of the Anishinaabe worldview, reflects our journey on Earth and our connection to all Creation. The above set of wedding rings, featuring outlined 'dancing sprit suns' or 'seeds' rich with movement and vibrant colors, celebrates the versatility and colorfulness of Life itself. The design of the wedding rings graphically illustrates the - often invisible- spiritual powers that seem to dance through the atmosphere infusing and surrounding all living things in nature. They are symbols of a very old tradition and of the most sacred art - as practiced for thousands of years by the Anishinaabe and Cree Peoples from the northern woods of the Turtle Island (North American) continent.
MariJo Moore, Cherokee/Dutch poet, once wrote the following, breathtaking words:
"I hope you dance
to dance is to pray,
to pray is to heal,
to heal is to give,
to give is to live,
to live is to dance".
I think those words perfectly match these overlay, multicolor gold wedding rings, which I named 'Life is a Dance'. The ring on the left consists of red gold on the outside and yellow gold on the inside; the 'spirit suns'- inlay is made of yellow, red, and white gold. The ring on the right I made of white gold (outside) and red gold (inside); the spirit suns are red gold.
The rings belong to the wedding ring line 'nibwaakawin' (Wisdom). Wisdom is one of seven ring lines I designed; Grandfathers as I like to call them. The other six Grandfathers are Love, Courage, Humility, Respect, Uprightness, and Truth.
Let's all try to live according these lessons.