Symbol of the Crane Clan
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Description by Artist: ‘Symbol of the Crane Clan‘ – “Crane Clan have a role in leadership and/or chiefsmanship. The main circle represents the Great Spirit or our Creator. The Seven trees and rocks symbolize the Seven Grandfathers or Gifts that were given to us by the Creator. The Seven Gifts are Honesty, Love, Humility, Bravery, Wisdom, Truth, and Respect. To live with this teachings is to live in harmony with the Creator and creation itself. All of the symbols of animals and also the trees represent life.” – James Jacko
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 crane stands in the water observing the world above the water line. Because the crane observes the outside world the Crane clan is known as the Outside Chief. The outside chief is responsible for negotiating with people from other communities. The Crane Leader is the upholder of the foundation beliefs of the people and their relationship to all outer forces. Colors of the Crane Clan are blue and white.
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