Offering Tobacco to Nohkom
‘Offering Tobacco to Nohkom‘ by First Nations Metis artist Leah Marie Dorion – Original painting presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
Condition: No condition to report.
Description by Artist: ‘Offering Tobacco to Nohkom’ – Leah Marie Dorion
Notes from DaVic Gallery: When requesting assistance from an elder, it is proper protocol to offer tobacco. When the elder accepts the tobacco, they are agreeing to support your request. Offering tobacco is a respectful way of asking for assistance and not as symbol of gratitude after help is given. This beautiful painting demonstrates such blessed ceremony between a girl and her grandmother when the girl offers tobacco to her grandmother. The dragonflies reminds us of our ancestors who have lived before us and represents ancient wisdom, how loved we are by the spirits of our ancestors. The turtle represents the earth where both the grandmother and the child stand on and teaches us about patience, stability, grounding, and earth connection. The sunflowers is a reminder that we are deeply connected to the healing power of the sun. This nation teaches us to be aware of the natural cycles of our day. Sunflower teaches us that if we follow the natural cycles present within our life we will be healthy and balanced.