"The Trees Speak, story 1"
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.
Today I give thanks to the spirit of the trees
- Simone McLeod
Image: Leland Bell: "Gift of Healing"
Read the next episode in the Teaching Stories series: The Good Way of the Warrior.
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.