31.5" x 16" x
mosaic hanging with natural wool
for viewing at Art with a Heart Gallery, Seattle WA Sold
piece is a
representation of the Ojibwa creation story. In this
story Mother Earth's body is of water in the beginning.There is no
land, so the animals try to dive down to get mud. Turtle volunteers to
carry land on his back, so the animals try to get some mud from the
bottom of Mother Earth's waters. None of the animals can dive
down far enough to gather mud to put on Turtle's back to create the
land. But the dive is so deep that only Muskrat is able to try.
Muskrat dives down and gives his life. His lifeless body
floats to the surface with mud clutched in his paw; this mud was placed
on Turtle's back, creating the land. The birds were sent
in four directions with seed, to plant the new land for the animals and
for the people.