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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Star Stories, part 4

Nibaad Misaabe Dibikad


 "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


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


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


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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