Birth of Spring
Native Woodland artist Zhaawano Giizhik presents to you with a grateful heart the above 23,622 x 23,622 in (60 x 60 cm) digipainting wall print, titled Ziigwan Niigiwin ("Birth of Spring"). It is part of a large collection of art prints, conceived in an ancient and most sacred Indigenous tradition of Anishinaabeg and Ininewak (Cree) storytellers.
Zhaawano's elegant line art tells his People's aadizookaanan, their legends and sacred stories — stories that were used as a teaching tool long before there were schools. The stories and narratives that are being shared through his prints are as strongly allegorical as in the old tradition of storytelling, yet they also contain lessons that reflect today’s world. Stylized in the powerful painting discipline of the Woodland School of Art, and carefully wrapped in ancient metaphors and age-old symbolism, each one of Zhaawano's art prints is a teaching mirror, instilling in the minds of those who make the effort to look in it a living sense of the unique wordview, dreams, and visions of the original inhabitants of the northern land of woods and lakes of Turtle Island.
> Read the story of the print: Reflections of the Great Lakes, part 15: Zhingibis and the Return of the Heart Berry.