‘Crow‘ by First Nations Ojibwe artist Jim Oskineegish – Original Woodland Art style painting presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: Ojibwa legend of the Crow …
When Great Spirit was creating the flyers of creation, all the flyers had great purpose. The Eagle was to be the peoples messenger of prayers and thanks. The Hawk too was a messenger of the peoples needs and good medicine. The Loon was the teacher of love and relationships. Andek (the Crow) however was without purpose.
He had no special color, or the powerful wings of the Eagle. So, he flew around looking for purpose like many people today are doing. Andek visited Mkwa (the Bear) and asked him to teach his ways. Mkwa did and eventually Andek got bored and unsatisfied with Mkwa. For some reason the ways of the bear didn’t fit with him, so Andek went off and sought a new way and hopefully would find purpose. The beaver, the loon, the wolf, the coyote, the fish, all of creation he learned from, but still Andek gained no purpose or satisfaction with life.
Then came the day where Andek heard Idiom (the Squirrel) crying in a hole of the oak. So he flew to Idiom and said, “Hi idiom, what troubles your heart today?”
Idiom looking poorly said to Andek, “I am sad and feeling drained about my life.” Andek advised idiom to visit Mkwa (the Bear) for some medicine for his health and the Turtle to find his heart. So, both Andek and Idiom went to visit the Bear and Turtle and they were both great helpers to Idiom. The Turtle travels slow and is paced in all matters of life, he never misses a thing. Bear is chief of the medicine ways and he placed great healing upon Idiom. At last Squirrel felt balanced and returned to his purpose with vigor and refreshed spirit.
Andek flew around the bush feeling great about what had happened. Then there was another cry in the woods. Always curious about such things, Andek went to investigate only to find Rabbit was crying in her borrow.
Andek asked the Rabit, “Waboose what troubles you today?”
“I wanna die Andek cried. ”
“What is it that has brought you to such ends?,” asked Andek.
Waboose was crying about Wagoosh (the Fox) and how there is no peace with Wagoosh around. Andek carefully listened to everything Rabbit said. Quietly Andek advised his little friend that her purpose is found in her strong legs and long ears.
“Waboose, said Andek, “Surely you can listen very well and can tell when Wagoosh is coming and you can easily out run Wagoosh.”
Yes, Waboose thought to herself. I can and I will feel good about it too. “Thank you, Andek.”
As time went on as it does, the word traveled all across the lands about the Crow who was born without purpose, so he though, but found good purpose in helping others to either find or renew their purpose. From that day Andek travels throughout the land making friends with all creation by helping them find the right path.
Andek is our traveling companion always reminding us that work and dedication will show the way to the purpose we seek. We cannot find our purpose if we sit on the path. Crow teaches that you must meet life head-on and create good connections with those around you and work with spirit of friendship.
As Andek found out, you become your purpose by doing what feels good with good intention. Walk a good path and you will be guarantee to find your life’s purpose.
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Related: The Story Teller, The Welcome Home, Raven Steals The Sun, Stars And Moon
References: Native Art In Canada, Man and the Ravens Legend.