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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Teaching Stories, part 15



"The Spirit Of The Trees"

 

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Leland Bell



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THE SPIRIT OF THE TREES IN MY LIFE


A tree in all its beauty grows strong roots


Safe, deep within mother earth

What happens around it
 

may leave gnarly scars on the outside.

But still the tree grows tall and strong

performing insurmountable tasks in its lifetime.

Today I give thanks to the spirit of the trees

in my life."

- Simone McLeod


Image: Leland Bell: "Gift of Healing"



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Earth Blanket
Simone McLeod (her traditional name is Aki’-egwaniizid, which is an Ojibwe name meaning "Earth Blanket") is an Anishinaabe painter and poet, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1962. '
Simone belongs to he Name doodem (Sturgeon clan).

She 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. 

Simone's 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.

To view Simone's work, please go to her website. 


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