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Alan COMPO's avatar Alan COMPO

Being a direct descendant of Grand Rapids First Peoples will always be the guiding inspiration for my artwork as well as a significant part of who I am. Like all stories Anishinaabek begins with Mother Earth her Waters and the cycle of life. Anishinabek is my retelling of the story of the plum Orchards That Grew along the Grand River years ago. A natural Native Garden for the Anishinaabe people the Tranquil Plum Orchards were a place of reflection wonder and Beauty. These fruitful Gardens That Grew along the Roaring River offered a communal landscape for people to connect and contemplate life's blessings. With respect to the stories shared by my elders Painting anishinabek came with an enormous amount of responsibility. The process of creating this mirror was a humbling experience as the mighty Grand River float beside me and I consider the narratives that have passed down through generations as well as those that have long been forgotten. I hope this work will help to preserve our history and contributions to our vibrant City. This mural is my Homage to the Anishinaabek people past present and future. Miigwetch.

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  • Art form: 2-D
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  • Medium: acrylic mural
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  • Year created: 2018
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