"My Good Enemy"________________________________________________________________________________
|Mino-naadowesi ("Good Enemy"), 47 x 47 mm sterling silver belt buckle set with turquoise stone by ZhaawanArt|
We honor you, little snakes!
|Women of two Nations performing a friendship dance. Acrylic on watercolor paper by Simone McLeod/Earth Blanket.|
Flight of Giniw the War Eagle
Gaawiin w’da zhaagoojiganaamasii
- Dakota song of praise during a peace pipe offering, sung in Anishinaabemowin (the Ojibwe language).
|Picture depicting traditional Titonwan Lakota song, dispayed in the National Museum of the American Indian. Photo courtesy: Anne Buunk|
About the authors/artists:
Simone McLeod (her traditional name is Aki’-egwaniizid, which is an Ojibwe name meaning "Earth Blanket") is a Nakawe-Anishinaabe painter and poet, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1962 and a member of Pasqua First Nation in Saskatchewan. She belongs to he Name doodem (Sturgeon clan) and feels special kinship with 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.