A Tribute to the Medicine Warriors of our time
This blog story is part 3 in a series titled "Reawakening Of The Medicine People." Today's blog story is a tribute to the women warriors of our time who dedicate their lives and sacrifice for the water.
In our Anishinaabe tradition, one is a warrior by doing what must be done to protect the environment and society and advance their cause - even if it's on a modest scale or in the smallest of ways.
|36 x 48 inch canvas Protecting Mother Earth by Simone McLeod, 2016. Click on image to visit Simone's website.|
Giiwenh. So the story goes. Miigwech gibizindaw noongom mii dash gidaadizookoon. Thank you for listening to us today.
Giga-waabamin wayiiba, we hope to see you again soon!
* Source: The Good way of the Warrior by Simone McLeod and Zhaawano Giizhik.
About the authors/artists
Simone McLeod (her traditional name is Aki’-egwaniizid, which is an Ojibwe name meaning "Earth Blanket") is a ᓇᐦᑲᐌ (Nakawē Anishinaabe) painter and poet, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1962 and a member of Pasqua First Nation, Saskatchewan. She belongs to he Name doodem (Sturgeon clan) of her mother's people, the Azaadiwi-ziibi Nitam-Anishinaabeg (Poplar River First Nation) of Manitoba. Simone descends from a long line of Midewiwin seers and healers and artists. Her artwork has been appreciated by several art collectors and educational and health care institutions from Canada, as well as by art lovers from all over the world.