"A Star in My Vision"
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...
|Wedding ring set "Like a Star in My Vision." Click on the image to view details of the set.|
Dibishkoo biidaanikwag, w’gii abi-ezhaa
Dibishkoo waabaanikwag, aabiji-maajaa.
N'gashkendam w'gaa abi-izhaad
N'gashkendam w'gaa ago-maajaad.
n'gaa abi naanig na?
W’waasa wendaagozi dibishkoo anang.
Like a cloud drifted away forever.
Sad am I since he came
Sad am I since he's gone.
Will he return for my love?
Like a star beyond my grasp, my love.")
- An Ojibwe love song
So the story goes...
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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.