"The Flower and the Star"
- Updated August 10, 2023
It is a collection of love stories written and provided with jewelry images and illustrations of paintings and drawings by our hands. The stories are based on aadizookaanan (traditional stories) of our People, the Ojibwe Anishinaabeg of Gaa-zaaga'iganikaag, the land of many lakes - the Great Lakes area of Mikinaakominis (Turtle Island; North America).
These narratives are of a sacred, healing nature and told within a romantic context, their allegorical themes often provided with a personal touch. The following tale is a zaagi'iwewiwin aadizookaan (sacred love story). It is narrated in the form of a frame story, in this case a metaphoric tale of a traditional, sacred nature placed within a larger story that has also embedded in it some autobiographical elements.
A metaphorical tale of lasting friendship
The Story Of Earth Flower
Aki-waabigwan was not so much occupied with the same things the other young women her age were interested in. She spent most of her time roaming the hills and playing with butterflies in the valleys. She kept herself very busy going on adventures and learning new things and making new friends. She was very curious about the world around her. This is what made her truly happy. However, she was not only known among her People for her playfulness and her good nature; she also possessed an extraordinarily artistic talent.
|A protosketch for Simone's painting The Flower And The Star, pen and ink drawing by Zhaawano Giizhik, 2013
A Ladder to the Sky
Many, many left on Jibay-miikana, the path of souls...
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"Be like the flower in the story, noozis"
From that time on she passionately expressed her individual dreams and heartbreak, transforming it into works of incredible beauty and she gained wide and legendary recognition among her People and far beyond as one who creates healing art for the benefit of individuals as well as for the Nation - enh, for all Nations - as a whole. All of her works of art, initially inspired by the sad story of the Flower and the Star, became stories of hope, strength, and determination and until today her proud artistic legacy shines like the Fisher star above...
Click here to read the fifth episode in the series "Love stories from the Land of Many Lakes":"Wenabozho and the Wild Roses."
Jewelry and jewelry photography by Zhaawano Giizhik.
- Bimaabiig Aadizookaan (Sacred Story Of The Climbing Vine). Massive sterling silver Ojibwe floral design clamp-on wrist-watch cuff band set with stone and red coral cabochons. For details, go to our website.
Painting, acrylic on canvas by Simone McLeod: Waabigwan Miinawaa Anang (The Flower And The Star) 22"x60", 2014.
Proto-sketch of the painting the Flower And The Star, pen and ink drawing by Zhaawano Giizhik (2013).