And They Stood Before all of Creation and Became Part of all Good Things
There are many sacred seasons of our lives, marking important periods of growth and change. One of the most joyous is the journey from childhood to adulthood. Composed on a Great Falls Ledger, from the city of Great Falls Montana 1916 cir., this piece displays the Rites of Passage Ceremony led by a Traditional First Nation elder and storyteller, as he teaches the sacred story of girls becoming knowledgeable young women and boys evolving into responsible young men.
The piece highlights young females and males on to their journey to adulthood and the importance of their lives to the rest of the world, in making it a better place for future generations. Standing before all of creation is a holy event. Past generations have done this and as their lives on earth came to an end, they too became part of all good things by the way they lived.
The storyteller’s hands are held up, with fingers facing each other, to demonstrate the image of people facing the truth in the universe. While he is telling the story, a series of 5 birds are flying upward. The small yellow bird is the enlightenment of the teachings in small amounts, the 3 blue birds are the mind, body and spirit (holy being with our lives) and the red-headed woodpecker who is the chief of the trees and a very powerful part of the Rites of Passage Ceremony.
The four children listening represent the four nations and they are also represented within the medicine wheel; Yellow, Red, White and Black. The woman with her hand on the shoulder of the young girl, symbolizes the importance of the woman within all societies, and her hand placed on the shoulder signifies the support and traditional teachings that should be passed onto future generations.
Remember those that love you, represent them well by living well and honor their beauty on earth by watering the flowers they left behind for others to admire and live by. Aho.