The Great Lakes
The image in the diptych is a digital photograph of a rock surface on the Canadian Shield, located on the banks of the Serpent River just north of Lake Huron. The text is an homage to a story I once heard about the movements of the Anishinaabek across the great channel at Sault Ste Marie from Lake Huron to Lake Superior and south to Lake Michigan, which is the ancient trade and ceremonial route of the Odawa and Ojibwa peoples both before and after the coming of the Europeans to these shores. The figures in the centre of the text panel are my interpretations of the northern section of the Great Lakes, including Drummond and Manitoulin Islands, imagined as sentient beings or animals. This glass piece is one of four objects cast from a section of rock on the shoreline of the Serpent River in Northern Ontario where I grew up.