Everything is connected! During the treaty training session I attended at the Manitoba Museum last week, along with the rest of the education staff from the Winnipeg Art Gallery, we spent some time studying a painting by Jackson Beardy that offers a unique First Nations perspective on the interconnectedness of living things.
The bear represents the animal world.The flowers represent the plant world. The thunderbird symbolizes the rain, thunder and lightning. Here is Mother Earth’s heart beating.
The grandmother and father moon represent birth, nourishment and protection.
The human being is the smallest element and is using the pipe to give thanks to all the other beings that give the human life.
In Beardy’s painting all the facets of the world are joined together -plants, animals, heavenly bodies, natural elements, the earth and human beings. Beardy illustrates how we are all interdependent.