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Let your Spirit Soar

Sherry Crawford

Kihicho-Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation

Sherry Crawford, also known as White Bear Standing, description of the painting, “Let Your Spirit Soar”:

The painting is a visual symphony of symbols and meanings. The circle, a representation of the Medicine Wheel, is a testament to the ceaseless flow of life’s energy. The faces adorning the sides are a tribute to our evolving selves through each stage of life, while the faces below serve as a gentle reminder of our ancestors.

Each wing is adorned with four feathers, symbolizing the four cardinal directions – North, East, South, and West. These directions are metaphors for the stages of life: birth, life, death, and contemplation.

The tail of the spirit bird is decorated with seven feathers, each representing one of the seven grandfather teachings: love, wisdom, respect, truth, honesty, bravery, and humility.

The body of the spirit bird is marked with three lines, signifying the upper world, the lower world, and the physical plane, embodying the interconnectedness of all realms of existence.

The stars scattered across the canvas are not mere celestial bodies; they are gateways to the astral plane and other realms of wonder and intrigue.

The split circle is a symbol of duality and balance, reminding us of the harmony that exists within contrasts and opposites.

This painting is more than just a piece of art; it’s a journey into the depths of life and beyond. Let your spirit soar as you delve into its symbolism and meaning.

Sherry Crawford is a renowned Algonquin artist with a passion for showcasing the beauty and richness of Indigenous art. With a diverse portfolio of thousands of stunning images, she has captivated art enthusiasts and collectors alike with her unique style and profound connection to her Algonquin heritage. As an advocate for the preservation and promotion of Indigenous art, Sherry has dedicated her life to creating meaningful and impactful artworks that serve as a bridge between cultures.

Born and raised in Bancroft, Ontario, on Algonquin land, Sherry’s upbringing has played a significant role in shaping her artistic vision. The natural beauty and cultural heritage of her surroundings have inspired her to explore various mediums, from paintings and drawings to digital art and photography. Through her art, she aims to honor the traditions, stories, and wisdom passed down by her ancestors while also shedding light on contemporary Indigenous experiences.

Sherry believes that art has the power to transcend boundaries and foster understanding between communities.

LunarFest GTA is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, that is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered on this land, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose arts and stories inspire us to bring communities together.

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LunarFest GTA is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, that is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered on this land, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose arts and stories inspire us to bring communities together.

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