"Children of the Great Mystery"
does not sit and not see you
and kisses will make you see
that there is no turn
like one entity breathing one breath
never having to be too close
This is friendship at its best
this is trust and caring and kind
This is my friend and my truth
Nothing else can be so open...
About the symbolism of the rings
In designing these brand new wedding rings titled Gichi-manidoo Abinoojiinyag (Children of the Great Mystery), I was inspired by the above poem 'Friendship' written by my artist friend Simone Mcleod.
I crafted the5/16 inch(8 mm) wide rings by hand using the overlay-method, which means two plates of 14K red gold and palladium white gold were soldered on top of a another plate of yellow gold, then bent (hammered) into the shape of a ring.
Traditionally, our ancestors who lived in gaa-zaaga'eganikag, the land of many lakes (the North American Great Lakes area), have always been aware of an existence in the cosmos that vibrates with a sacred, creative energy.
The design of these rings for example, reflects the concept of aanji-nkwehkamong enweying shka-kimi-kweng: "Reconnecting our voice with Creation." The Anishinaabe ancestors believed in the importance of joining one's voice on a regular base with the voices of the spiritual world.
Both halves, the one of red gold and the white gold half inlaid with a rising sun and a crescent moon symbolizing the sky, reflect all aspects of GICHI-MANIDOO as they symbolically connect the individual to the whole of cosmos.
This is how far the story goes. The next blog story will be about the concept of the circle and the quadrinity of life. Miigwech for reading and listening and giga-waabamin: see you later.
> Read part 5 in the series.