‘Fish Clan’ by Frank Polson – Original First Nations Woodland Art painting presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
Condition: No condition to report.
Description by Artist: “Fish was a reliable source of food for the Anishinaabe people who survived on hunting, fishing and gathering. In the clan system, fish represent the wise people, the ones who settle arguments between leaders.” – Frank Polson
Notes from DaVic Gallery: Depending on the geography of nations, each nation would have had differences in their clans. For example, the Crane Clan may have been the Heron Clan. Also, when looking deeper into oral history of our Elders, many clans had sub-clans as communities became larger and dispersed. The Marten Clan spawned the Otter Clan and the Beaver Clan. The Fish clan spawned the Sucker clan and the Turtle Clan. If a clan is not specifically listed in this teaching, there is a possibility that is part of or descended from one of the seven original clans.
The fish watch the sky and have the knowledge of the sun, stars and moon. In this way the Fish Clan hold the most intelligence and are the peoples philosophers. They are also advisers to the Chief Clans.