Emanating with Power, is my Uncover//Recover project, it encapsulates the teachings I’ve learned through my studies in the Indigenous Visual Culture program, of symbolic representations of The Thunderbird in objects; such as bags and pouches, created by Great Lake artists during the eighteenth century and early nineteenth century.
Our first visit to the ROM is when I chose the object I wanted to creativity respond to. I came across a panel, made with wrapped porcupine quill beads, woven with strands made from vegetable and plant fibre. It was designed in a simplified geometric pattern with the motif of the Thunderbird, surrounded by zig-zags representing lightning. The Thunderbird is a great and powerful Manitou; a great spirit, and is embodied in Anishinaabeg culture and belief systems. When we started this project, what first came to my mind was thinking how the objects would have looked like, if the traditions weren’t interrupted and were instead continued up to today. My first instinct was to re-create the object in