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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Star Stories, part 4



Nibaad Misaabe Dibikad


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 "The Amazing Legend of Yellow Star and the Sleeping Giant"


A love story about two earth beings, shone upon by the light of the Universe, their love reflected by the glow of the stars above...    

Manoominike-giizis (Wild Rice Harvesting Moon), August 7, 2019


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Winaagozi Dibishkoo Anang
Wedding ring set "Like a Star in My Vision." Click on the image to view details of the set.


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Welcome back in my Storytelling Lodge


Boozhoo! Biindigen miinawaa nindaadizooke wigamigong; enji-zaagi'iding miinawaa gikendaasong. Ninga-aadizooke noongom giizhigad! Hello! Welcome back in my Storytelling Lodge where legends and teaching stories are told. Let’s tell a zaagi'idiwin aadizookaan (sacred love story) today!

This blog tale is another episode, the fourth in a series named Star Stories. The series features teaching stories that encompass the unique worldview and cultural perspective of the Anishinaabe Peoples.


Click here to read the story



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About the author and his sources of inspiration


My name is Zhaawano Giizhik. As an American artist and jewelry designer currently living in the Netherlands. I like to draw on the oral and pictorial traditions of my Ojibwe Anishinaabe ancestors from the American Great Lakes area. For this I call on my manidoo-minjimandamowin, or "Spirit Memory"; which means I try to remember the knowledge and the lessons of my ancestors. The MAZINAAJIMOWINAN or ‘pictorial spirit writings’ - which are rich with  symbolism and have been painted throughout history on rocks and etched on other sacred items such as copper and slate, birch bark and animal hide - were a form of spiritual as well as educational communication that gave structure and meaning to the cosmos. Many of these sacred pictographs or petroforms – some of which are many, many  generations old - hide in sacred locations where the manidoog (spirits) reside, particularly in those mystic places near the coastline where the sky, the earth, the water, the underground and the underwater meet.


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