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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Love Stories from the Land of Many Lakes, part 8


A love poem for Yarden Yardeni

A Love Poem




Onaabdin-giizis/Onaabani-giizis; Snowcrust Moon (March 235, 2019)

"Shooting Stars"

Like a star in my vision...you are
Do not be sad
Do not cry
I will come for you my love.
Only when I come to you
Will my heart be at ease
Will my mind be at peace.
Among the star people
We go together.
We will venture about a trail
To unknown galaxies.
Only with one canoe we will travel
You, me, we
Like two shooting stars.
Twins
Always nearby
Living forever
Loving forever... 

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"Jiingwanan"

Ginaagozi dibishkoo anang…giin
Gego gashkendigien
Gego mawiken
Giga abinaanin niinimoshenh.
Baamaa abi-izhaaminaan’
Ninga bizaam-ode’e
Ninga bon-inendam.
Megwe anangoogininiwag
Nindinaawanidimin.
Ninga-bima’adoomin
Ninga-izhaamin dibi-iidig.
Ninga-bezhigoonagizimin
Giin, niin, niinawind
Dibishkoo niizho-jiingwanan
Niinzhoodenyag
Apane jiigayi’iing
Apane nibimaadiziwin
Apane ninzaagi’idiwin...


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About the author and his sources of inspiration:

Trouwringen ontwerper Zhaawano GiizhikMy name is Zhaawano Giizhik. As an American artist, poet, 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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