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Jeffrey George: Turtle Island


Nanabush is half spirit half man, a mythical and cultural hero from the Anishinaabe. He found himself floating on a giant log, with a few animals. He called them to bring up a piece of soil from the depths of the water, so that the creator might remake the world. The greatest swimmers, the otter, the beaver, the loon took turns diving to the depths of the water. They tried and failed. In the end, only the tiny muskrat prevailed, floating to the surface with a tiny piece of earth in his paw. Nanabush placed it on the back of the turtle and the winds from the four directions began to blow the earth around on the turtles backing, it became covered and formed a new land, Turtle Island.

The seven trees on the turtles back represent the seven Grandfather Teachings that the creator gave to the first peoples of this land to live by. There is Truth, Honesty, Bravery, Respect, Humility, Wisdom and Love. The people were forgetting to live by these laws, they were fighting amongst one another and killing each other at times. The creator then decided to destroy the earth, by flooding it. A great flood, that terrified the world, came down in a great rain fall, and carried everything away with floods of water. Nanabush wouldn’t wash away, his human likeness power connected the people to the great spirit.

Turtle Island is now known as North America today.

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Art Card; 5 x 7

Jeffrey George is an Ojibway artist from the Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation, situated along the shores of Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada.

“My work reflects my culture- its blessings along with its inner pains and suffering. My journey through life had led me to my native culture and traditions, to the place where I am honoured to share my heart and soul through my artistic gift.”

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