‘Vision Quest‘ 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: ‘Vision Quest’ – “This Metis woman is participating in a spiritual vision quest which is a form of self-care passed on to Metis women from their First Nations Grandmothers. As she prays all of creation hears and her prayers and they join her on her vision quest. There are Thunderbirds and Medicine Wheels Colours as central motifs in this artwork.”
Notes from DaVic Gallery: The Thunderbird is an ancient spiritual being that brings the spring water back to the land. The Thunderbird helps recharge the Earth and humanity with her powerful energy of recreation. Thunderbird is a symbol of power. She teaches us to be mindful of how we use our personal power. The Medicine Wheel is the representation of all things connected within the circle of life. It is told that there are over 100 relevant traditional teachings given of the Medicine Wheel. Each teaching holds its own meaning and purpose. The Medicine Wheel usually focuses on the significance of the numbers 4 and 7. Commonly the medicine Wheel teaches 7 aspects within each of the 4 quadrants that represent life in in specific stages; the four directions, the four elements of life, the four medicines, the four seasons, the four states of well-being, the four colours of man and four stages of life. The Ants in the ground where the woman sits symbolize industriousness and work ethic. The Ant nation teaches humanity that we need to work together in a good way to build our families, communities, and nations. The Elders teach that we naturally have a desire to work and we must engage in daily work and chores in a positive manner because it helps build our character, and allows us to contribute to the greater good.
Harmoniously balanced and hypnotic composition in this story telling painting by Leah Dorion that while it is sold, proudly hangs in a wall in my bedroom. My wife loved it from I first received it from Leah.
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Related: Water Spirits, Bear Clan Women, The Sounds of Thunderbirds Approaching, Mother and Daughter Sharing Stories of Family and Friends, Moon Ceremony Medicine, Winter Spirits Medicine, Grandmother Moon, Her Solo, In Sisterhood We Share, Three Sisters
References: Native Art In Canada, Anishinaabeg Bimaadiziwin