Awanigiizhik Bruce - Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe Tribal Member
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We (inclusive) are fighting back against SARS-CoV-2 $15,000.00
Animikii (thunderbird) and Mishiipishiw (water panther) are some of the most powerful spirits under Kizhe-Manidoo (Creator). They represent synergistic, diametric force which is exemplified in Anishinaabe spirituality. These spirits are akin to the qualities of water. The water from the skies to underneath the earth. Water is synonymous with life. These spirits are who we look to for guidance and healing with the most pressing issues. In the past, these spirits were petitioned to ask from the Creator to heal us from smallpox and many other deadly diseases. In this case, we are fighting the Coronavirus pandemic. Within this art piece, these spirits are coordinated in attacking the coronavirus. This theme personifies our carefulness, strategies, and prayers working to overcome these uncertain times.
The beadwork area consists of: 15/0s miyuki beads, 13/0s charlotte beads, 12/0s and 9/0s tri-cut beads. 12/0s tricut 24 karat gold and 13/0s miyuki galvanized copper beads are utilized. Underneath the beadwork inserted panel are electronics. The microcontroller programmed LEDs give animation, time, interactions, and life to the storytelling. The layered watercolour background is reminiscent of the hydrous powers and connections of these two spirits. The details within the watercolour patterns stylize turbulent forces found within nature. Awanigiizhik Bruce developed this new form of beadwork. Awanigiizhik combined elements of raised beadwork, lane stitch, and 3D beadwork to create a new style. Awanigiizhik calls this style the Wajiw (mountain) stitch or style of beadworking. In order to replicate this style, you will need to build a topographical under-structure as your base, while using wire, thread, and beads to build mountainous, simulated, three-dimensional forms.