Duck River

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"Zhiishiibi-Zhiibiing: Duck River" is a painting of the shores of Lake Pittowinipik (Winnipegosis), which was a traditional fall gathering place with abundant fish and game. Around 1964, Manitoba Hydro started operation of the Grand Rapids Generating Station to provide power to the people of Manitoba. Unfortunately, Manitoba Hydro's project caused and continues to cause alterations to the natural environment, which ultimately negatively impacted local trappers. This painting is dedicated to my family and ancestors who fished and trapped on these shores. Che miigwetch to the land, water, air, fish and game that fed and sustained our families and culture. Northern pike/jackfish have been found to be at least 8000 years old, and the two jackfish in the painting represent a deep and ancient connection to land, water and place, despite disruption.

Signed Prints: 150
Medium: Fine Art Paper on 188 GSM
Image Size: 9" x 12"
Finished Size: 11" x 14"

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Boozhoo, Annin Keesis Sagay Egette Kwe nindiznikaz. Anishinaabek Saulteuax bimaawidassi indowe. Moozwaanoew dodem niinda’awa. Pine Creek, Duck Bay n’doonjibaa.

My name is Dr. Jennifer Leason and my Anishinaabek name translates to First Shining Rays of Sunlight Woman. I am a member of the Pine Creek Indian Band and the mother of two amazing children- Lucas and Lucy.

My art represents my own healing and connection to my mother, grandparents and the ancestors who continue to guide our journeys. Che miigwetch Kiche Manidou. Che miigwetch nemiin wendam oma ayayenne!

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