Untitled (Flight) by Garnet Tobacco – Original Woodland Art painting presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: Many Aboriginal organizations and communities have adopted the Seven guiding principles, in one form or another, as a moral stepping stone and cultural foundation. There are stories of the origins of the Seven Grandfather Teachings in all communities. Many Anishinaabe view the Seven Grandfather Teachings as traditional knowledge that collectively represents what is needed for community survival. The origin of the teachings is unknown but elders confirm these are important verbs that have long been a part of the language. These fundamental teachings became widely known as the “Seven Grandfathers” when the Anishinaabe slowly began to control their own education during and after the American Indian Movement. As elders began to retell stories they heard as children they connected the present to a past when these values were both a part of ceremonies and everyday life.
Loons and birds are considered messengers of these teachings