An omnibus view of Anishanawbe cosmic mythology - everything is connected. This a huge painting, more than 10 feet (3m) in length. Interestingly, Norval reverses the horizon, so that the sky is at the bottom and earth at the top, and he centres the entire painting around the circular form in the midpoint, representing the eastern symbol of yin and yang, an understanding shared by the Anishanawbe concept of 'world being', the balance of opposites - negative and positive, male and female - in an eternally recurring cycle. The images swirl about the earth form and become a living cosmos. (NM43) The Wampum Belt The Haudinsaunee (Iroquois) made a “Two Row Wampum” Treaty with the Dutch in the early 1600’s The TWO ROWS symbolise vessels, travelling down the same river together. One is represents Original People, their laws, their customs; the other for the European people, their laws, their customs. We will each travel the river together, but each in our own boat. And neither will try to steer the other's vessel.
Keeper 'N Me “ We are all tribal people a few generations back, and we are all in need of healing.” Richard Wagamese 2 Row Wampum Belt
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