- Updated: April 13, 2020
Today, I am pleased to present part 12 of a blog series connecting my jewelry and paintings by kindred artists with the Seven Grandfather teachings of the Ojibwe Anishinaabe People.
This notion, of how everything exist in the world in relation to other beings, brings us to the subject of bimaadizi and bimaadad, two interconnected, complementary types of existence that are both part of bimaadiziwin, or Life.
Bimaadizi and bimaadad
An un-Western mind concept
The idea behind the ring, however, is that once worn around your finger, its design makes you realize that we all are inseparably linked to everything of Creation, not just in a material sense but also mentally and spiritually, and that we, in a cyclical way, are all linked to the past, the present, and the future.
Giiwenh. That's how far this blog story goes. Miigwech for reading & listening.
To read more about this topic please see Reflections on a Ceremonial Bundle.
Visit my blog story Teachings of the Tree of Life, part 6 to read about the Sacred Medicine Circle of our Peoples.
Read the next episode in the Teaching Stories series: The Spirit of Sunset.
About the author/artist:
Zhaawano Giizhik, an American currently living in the Netherlands, was born in 1959 in North Carolina, USA. Zhaawano has Anishinaabe blood running through his veins; the doodem of his ancestors from Baawiting (Sault Ste. Marie, Upper Michigan) is Waabizheshi, Marten. As an artist and a writer and a jewelry designer, Zhaawano draws on the oral and pictorial traditions of his ancestors. In doing so he sometimes works together with kindred artists with similar cultural and artistic backgrounds.