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Stories from the Tree of Life, part 1

Updated: Aug 2

Miini-giizis (Blueberry Moon) ( (July 31, 2023)


Anishinaabe Woodland Art painting The Healing Mirror by Zhaawano Giizhik
The Healing Mirror, painting by Zhaawano Giizhik


Boozhoo, aaniin!

Welcome to part 1 of my blog series titled Teachings from the Tree of Life, in which I connect the storytelling art of myself and kindred artists with an old Teaching that has been passed down to us by countless generations of ancestors, from the time the Anishinaabe Peoples still lived in the old Dawn Land along the borders of the Atlantic Ocean. The story that I tell today is a retelling of an account that I originally published in March 2017, when I was still caught - or rather, strangled - in a problematic relationship. Today's story features a painting, which is a recent version of a painting that I did in 2012, titled Wenabozho and the Storytellers' Mirror. This painting marked the beginning of a fruitful, 4-year lasting artistic collaboration with painter artist Simone McLeod, originally from Pasqua Nation in Saskatchewan. Countless tales have been spun around the mystery of the Storyteller's Mirror, and although the relationship and artistic collaboration have come to an end, the stories continue to grow...

Today's Teaching focuses on dealing with abusive relationships and broken friendships and the pain that comes of breached trust, a trauma that can forever change a person's life.

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