in the Rocks
Inspired by a wonderful canoe trip with my son and a generous and kind Teacher friend from Bancroft. We were canoeing on the York River and I have driven the road past the Eagles nest park (rock cliffs) hundreds of times, but never saw it from the ‘river’ looking up at the rocks. It was beautiful and I snapped a shot of it. I went home that evening and painted the painting. We strongly believe if we follow the ‘SevenGrandfather Teachings” of Love, Respect, Wisdom, Truth, Honesty, Bravery & Humility, you can walk the good Red Road in a good way! There is a ‘face’ in the rocks’..that is seen in many photos. known as the Chief. I drew 6 more grandfather faces.. to represent the teachings. You have to look carefully to find them all!
“To me family is the most important thing there is! But it doesn’t just refer to ‘human’ families, we are related to all things on Mother Earth, and we must treat all things, as we would treat our family! We can have all the possessions in the world, but without someone to share with, they mean nothing. Family does not have to be biological… family is whoever/whatever brings us love, fulfillment & joy! You will find all my relatives in my Artwork…trees, animals, birds, etc.. They are all part of my family!”
Kijicho-Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation
Sherry Crawford is an emerging artist who is still discovering her Art Style, and the Art world. She is Algonquin, and has been ‘picking up the pieces’ of her Anishinaabe Culture for the past 25 years or so. She embraces the Spiritual / Traditional teachings and has been honoured and humbled to be given her “indian name”, shared with the Elders during a Shaking Tent Ceremony. She is proud to connect to this special ceremonial name, Waabshkizi-mukwa gaabaw (White Bear Standing). She brings the bear into many of her pieces.