By Dewe'igan Bearfoot
Dawaa is an Anishnaabemowin word meaning: “There is a space.” For the longest time, I tried to figure out how to incorporate all of the spaces I wanted in my piece. From the sacred fire, to the land back camp, to the sweat lodge, to my home. There was so much. I felt the word Dawaa (written in traditional syllabics on the bottom) covered everything with the simple phrase “There is a space.” However, I also wanted to focus on the place I feel safest, my meditation. This is where I got the idea for the figure in the centre. It’s meant to be a depiction of me, floating through space I fall into whenever I meditate. This is my space and every space in between.
By Olivia Maine
It started with the idea of reconnection, space and time. Finding the ability to reconnect to my culture after so long and with little resources until fairly recently has been a struggle and has meant many sleepless nights. This journey led me to a small space in the world that makes me feel as though I belong. Along with space inside myself where the fire inside that spurs me forward grows stronger, as I recall that every little piece of knowledge and teachings is an act of resistance and healing. With every sunrise I feel more and more whole and in balance. This time to strive for my cultural heritage has been so important. The symbols and colours represent this growth and journey that I have been able to take as the world outside grinds to a bit of a halt.