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Fisher Star Creations Anishinaabe Art Blog

Teaching Stories woven around artwork by Zhaawano and kindred artists

Zhaawano Giizhik & The Storytellers' Mirror

Boozhoo, aaniin! Welcome to my Storytelling Lodge!


What can you expect?


The stories and narratives that are being shared in here are as strongly allegorical as in the old tradition of storytelling, yet they also contain lessons that reflect today’s world. Woven around original jewelry & fine art and carefully wrapped in ancient metaphors and age-old symbolism, each one of the stories shared in here is a teaching mirror, instilling in the minds of those who make the effort to look in it a living sense of human potentials and infusing their hearts with the power of humility and love...


Ahaw! Biindigen nindaadizooke wigamigong, enji-zaagi'iding miinawaa gikendaasong - Come in and look into the story mirror, learn & enjoy!

 

Midewiwin & the 7 Grandfather Teachings

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BLOG INTRODUCTION 

 Who Am I and What Brings Me Here? 

 

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Aaniin, boozhoo, hello! Let me introduce myself and tell you about the true driving force behind my art project.

 

What brings me here is first of all my ancestry, and a traditional story. The romantic Anishinaabe story of the Fisher Star is my favorite tale; the theme that runs through my work is my Native ancestry, combined with the art of storytelling. I consider myself a storyteller at heart.

 

 

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BLOG THEMES

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Blog theme 1: The First Step

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Blog theme 2: Teaching Stories

Teaching Stories illustrated with artwork & jewelry by Simone McLeod, Zhaawano Giizhik, and others.

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Blog theme 3: Star Stories

A Gentle Rumble Across the Universe

A story about Sky Woman, Spider, and the birth of Turtle Island: A tribute to  the legacy of John Trudell.

 

 

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Blog theme 4: Teachings of the Eagle Feather

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 1: Growth Is a Mystery

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 2: A Prayer to the North

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 3: My Good Enemy

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 4: A Prayer to the East

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 5: Sky Dreamers 

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 6: The Eagle and the Sun

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 7: The First Feather

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 8: Migizi's Dream

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 9: Both Sides of the Sky

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 10: The Way We See the World

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 11: Dialogue with the Cosmos

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 12: Fill Our Spirits with Goodness

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 13: The Color of Love 

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 14: Spirit of the Three Fires

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 15: Seeing in a Spirit Way

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 16: Wings of the Sun Hawk

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 17: The Language of Our Hearts

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 18: The Silent Spirit of Dawn

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 19: Trail of Seven Fires

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 20: The Heart-shaped Path of the People

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 21: Eagle Feathers and Braids of Northern Sweetgrass

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 22: A Song of Great Power

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 23: The Gift of Spring

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 24: How the Smoking of the Pipe Brought Peace and Healing to the People

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 25: How the Golden Eagle Got Its Dark Plumage

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 26: Sky Blanket and the Sacred Dream of the Eagle Feathers

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 27: Spirit of Thunder Mountain

Teachings of the Eagle Feather, part 28: Path of the Sun Dancer

"The Gift of Spring"

 

A sacred tale about a young man who had a dream that brought back the warm weather and about a yellow orchid that became an icon of the spring season…

 

 

"Begin your journey in the spring, in the east. East is where all life begins..."

 

 

 

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Blog theme 5: Reflections of the Great Lakes

Wenabozho and the Spirit from Thunderbird Mountain
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Blog theme 6: Teachings from the Tree of Life

Teachings from the Tree of Life: Look into the Healing Mirror

Teachings from the Tree of Life: A Vision of Healing

Teachings from the Tree of Life: The Purpose of Life

Teachings from the Tree of Life: The Bends and the Rocks in the River

Teachings from the Tree of Life: The Gift of the Heart

Teachings from the Tree of Life: Reflections from the Medicine Wheel

Teachings from the Tree of Life: Life Is like a Rocky Hill Path

Teachings from the Tree of Life: We Learn as We Walk the Path of Life

Teachings from the tree of Life: The Girl Who Walked the Bear Path

The Girl Who Walked the Bear Path

                                     

 

The story of how an Anishinaabe girl walked the Bear Path into the Dream World and returned as the first Medicine Woman of her People ...

 

                                      

 

 

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Blog theme 7: The Way of the Heartbeat

The True Meaning of the Word Debwewin

 

     

     

How the Turtle and the Drum symbolize the virtues of Honesty and Speaking the Truth

 

 

                                                         

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Blog theme 8: Stories from the Land of Crane and Turtle

Blog theme 9: Love Stories from the Land of Many Lakes

Blog Theme 10: What's Your Doodem

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Blog archive (Look below for themes & titles)

Introduction: Who are we and what brings us here?

The First Step, Part 1

The First Step, Part 2

The First Step, Part 3

Teaching Stories: Footsteps of Our Ancestors

Teaching Stories: Rebirth of a Powerful and Enchanting Art

Teaching stories: Undercurrent of Life

Teaching Stories: How the Spirit of Mandaamin Came to the World

Teaching Stories: Where Is It That You Dwell? 

Teaching Stories: The Fire Within

Teaching Stories: Birth of Turtle Island

Teaching Stories: The Origin and Spirit Powers of the Birch Tree

Teaching Stories: Walking the Sacred Path of Life

Teaching Stories: Heartbeat of the Earth

Teaching Stories: Footprints of the Wolf
Teaching Stories: The Cycle of Life

Teaching Stories: The Spirit of Sunset

Teaching Stories: Giigoonh, Silent Being of Lakes and Streams

Teaching Stories: The Trees Speak, Story 1

Teaching stories: The Good Way of the Warrior

Teaching Stories: Finding Back the Road to Wisdom

Teaching Stories: That Which Is Given To Us

Teaching Stories: I Am an Invisible Child

Teaching Stories: The Paradoxical Nature of Life

Teaching stories: The Spirit of Humility

Teaching Stories: Life Is a Dance

Teaching Stories: We Are All Related

Teaching Stories: Our Fires

Star Stories: Fisher Star in the Sun

Star Stories: The Power of Dreaming
Star Stories: A Revolving Sky Above Nibaad Misaabe

Star Stories: The Amazing Legend of Yellow Star and the Sleeping Giant
Star Stories: A Vision of Love

Star Stories: Parallel Paths
Star Stories: A Gentle Rumble Across the Universe

Star Stories: Our Clans Among the Stars, chapter 1

Star Stories: Our Clans Among the Stars, chapter 2

Star Stories: The Moose on Earth and in the Sky

Star Stories: How the Fisher Brought Summer to the North

Star Stories: A Love Poem for Jane

Star Stories: Just a Thought

Teachings of the Eagle Feather: Growth Is a Mystery
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: Prayer to the North
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: My Good Enemy
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: Prayer to the East
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: Sky Dreamers
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: The Eagle and the Sun
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: The First Feather
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: Migizi's Dream
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: Both Sides of the Sky
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: Spiritual Perception

Teachings of the Eagle Feather: Dialogue with the Cosmos
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: Fill Our Spirits with Goodness
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: The Color of Love
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: Spirit of the Three Fires
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: Seeing in a Spirit Way
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: Wings of the Sun Hawk
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: The Language of Our Hearts
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: The Silent Spirit of Dawn
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: Trail of Seven Fires
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: The Heart-shaped Path of the People
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: Eagle Feathers and Braids of Northern Sweetgrass

Teachings of the Eagle Feather: A Song of Great Power

Teachings of the Eagle Feather: The Gift of Spring

Teachings of the Eagle Feather: How the Smoking of the Pipe Brought Peace and Healing to the People of the Three Fires 

Teachings ofthe Eagle Feather: How the Golden Eagle Got Its Dark Plumage

Teachings of the Eagle Feather: Sky Blanket and the Sacred Dream of the Eagle Feathers
Teachings of the Eagle Feather: Spirit of Thunder Mountain

Teachings of the Eagle Feather: Path of the Sun Dancer

Teachings from the Tree of Life: The Healing Mirror
Teachings from the Tree of Life: A Vision of Healing

Teachings from the Tree of Life: The Purpose of Life
Teachings from the Tree of Life: The Bends and the Rocks in the River

Teachings from the Tree of Life: Gift of the Heart

Teachings from the Tree of Life: Native Reflections from the Sacred Medicine Circle
Teachings from the Tree of Life: Life is like a Rocky Hill Path

Teachings from the Tree of Life: We Learn as We Walk the Path of Life/A Reflection on Life and on Our Role as Artists
Teachings from the Tree of Life: The Girl Who Walked the Bear Path

The Way of the Heartbeat: The Sound of the Mide Drum
The Way of the Heartbeat: Dream of the Spirit Berries
The Way of the Heartbeat: Blessing of Long Life
The Way of the Heartbeat: A Shared Journey on the Good Red Road
The Way of the Heartbeat: Life in the Bosom of the Earth
The Way of the Heartbeat: A Sacred Fire Burns Deep in the Earth

The Way of the Heartbeat: The True Meaning of the Word Debewin
Stories from the Land of Crane and Turtle: Journey of Our People

Stories from the Land of Crane and Turtle: Wenabozho and the Butterflies
Stories from the Land of Crane and Turtle: Zhoomin and the Vision of the Dancing Corn Plants
Stories from the Land of Crane and Turtle: Wenabozho and the Magic Bow

Stories from the Land of Crane and Turtle: Wenabozho and the Disappearance of the Sun
Love Stories from the Land of Many Lakes: Waabizheshi and the Mermaid
Love Stories from the Land of Many Lakes: Sleeping Bear and her Children
Love Stories from the Land of Many Lakes: A Pink Rose
Love Stories from the Land of Many Lakes: The Flower and the Star
Love Stories from the Land of Many Lakes: Wenabozho and the Roses
Love Stories from the Land of Many Lakes: Gibwanasii and Thunder Eagle Woman
Love Stories from the Land of Many Lakes: Where Earth and Sky Meet
Love Stories from the Land of Many Lakes: North Star Woman and the Call of the Loon

Love Stories from the Land of Many Lakes: They Danced with Each Other
Love Stories from the Land of Many Lakes: Thunderbirds, Keepers of Sacred Medicine

Love Stories from the Land of Many Lakes: The Loving Earth
Love Stories from the Land of Many Lakes: Return of the Drum Called Humble Spirit
Love Stories from the Land of Many Lakes: Walking the Rough and Winding Road

Love Stories from the Many Lakes: The Pledge: The Amazing Love Story of Star Sinking In The Water and Little Morning Star

Love Stories from the Many Lakes: Wenabozho and the Storytellers' Mirror
What's Your Doodem, Part 1
What's Your Doodem: He Who Walks Around the Turtle Island

What's Your Doodem: Cut-tail, Teacher Among Teachers (The Story of the Catfish Clan)

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