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The Descent of Anishinaabe Kwe

James Corbiere's avatar James Corbiere

The Anishinaabe people (the Odawa and the Chippewa) reside all around the Great Lakes region. This artwork is titled "The Descent of Anishinaabe Kwe" and is a depiction of the time when Humans were first created. In the Anishinaabe Creation Story, the Earth was created in Four days. The Elements, Plants and Animals were there when Anishinaabe Kwe first arrived. They had heard Creator was creating something new and anticipated Anishinaabe Kwe's arrival. They gathered and watched as she was lowered from the Good Light and placed upon the Earth. Anishinaabe Kwe is double sided, one side showing her descent from the Divine Light, the other, her descent into a world of chaos since the introduction of Western religious philosophies and to the imposition of the Indian Residential Schools. It is estimated that 150,00 Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their homes and detained bu the Government of Canada. "Descent of Anishinaabe Kwe" is the fall from grace for indigenous women.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 60 cm (24
  • Medium: Ink on wood White Ash.
  • Width: 180 cm (72
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 180 cm (72