Universal Balance

30″ x 39″ Acrylic on Canvas – 2018

We are humble. We are made of the earth and return to the earth, infused with the great mystery and spirit of the stars. We know that we share this place not just with the other tribes of men, but also with all things that hold spirit. When we see that things that hold sacredness are not given their proper place in the circle, we hear our elders and our ancestors say, ahkamēyimōk “try hard”. The warrior tries hard to keep the balance for all things. Mni Wiconi. “Water is Life”. Water is what raises spirits from the earth and sustains them throughout their journey as a four legged, a two legged, a finned, a flyer, a crawler, or a plant. Some of the human nation has forgotten this, putting the entire hoop at risk. We fill our pipes on sacred blankets and ask the Eagles of the winged nation to carry our prayers to Creator, that our humble place be once again remembered by all, and that we ourselves remember always ahkamēyimōk until the balance is restored and there is papayatik “peace”.

Returning To The Stars

19″ x 24″ Acrylic on Canvas – 2018

The warriors that lived on the prairies had the greatest respect for bears that lived with them and shared the food and lands. The same amount of preparation that went into preparing a war party to fight against an enemy tribe went into a hunting party to hunt a single prairie grizzly.Warriors would prepare themselves spiritually, inside sweat lodges, praying for strength, courage, a successful hunt. For nothing to go wrong. For no one to get hurt.They would prepare their weapons, to have the sharpest arrows, the sharpest spears. The tightest strung bows. A single hunting party for a single bear was up to 10-15 warriors.

Ceremony was done and prayers were sent to the creator on behalf of the bear and any animal that was ever hunted. For their spirits to return to the creator. For the spirit to return to the universe. To the source of creation. And my they live on forever.

Every single part of the bear was used. The fat, the muscles, the teeth, the organs. Absolutely nothing was ever wasted. The bear’s body was used to the fullest extent.

The Eagle Has Come

24″ x 36″ Acrylic on Canvas

In a world of skyscrapers and concrete, our spirits get lost in these cold streets. In the times when we most feel lost, we must remember the teachings of the eagle, to persevere, to fly higher.
Never forget we are children of the Earth and our mother protects

Impossible Odds Part lll

15″ x 30″ Acrylic on Canvas

A Warrior is not only one of strong physical capabilities, and cunning instincts. A warrior also trains his mind to be at one with his spirit, so he can see beyond the illusions of this world. Here, from the view of a lone warrior, 5 Mounted Warriors stand in front of him. He stands his ground, singing his death song and meeting his fate. When overrun by the enemy, Dog Soldiers did not retreat, but rather staked their sashes to the ground with an arrow and sang their way home to the Creator, to ensure a good death. A good death is where one’s life is given with courage and selflessness for his people. Death is seen as only one phase of eternal life, just as birth. Fear in warrior traditions belongs to illusion, as every fate that meets us is bringing us what we need to pass through in this physical realm as spiritual beings

Red Robin Above

16″ x 20″ Acrylic on Canvas

It is time for you to learn to fly

16″ x 20″ Acrylic on Canvas

The War of 1812

32″ x 20″ Acrylic c on Canvas

The War of 1812, at the time considered a backwater sideshow compared to the Napoleonic Wars raging in Europe, was the conflagration that ultimately gave rise to Canadian national consciousness. The British army, navy, and militia manned a few outposts at the start of the war, hardly a deterrent to the large forces amassed by their American adversaries. Vital to Canada’s resistance and eventual invasion of the United States were the Native allies of the British, comprised of the Great Lakes and Ohio Country Indians. In one of the great ironies of Canadian History, the two men responsible for Canada’s successful defense were neither born in, nor particularly cared for the land we now call Canada. Tecumseh, the Shawnee chief who galvanized one of the largest Indigenous confederacies east of the Mississippi, and spent the majority of his life fighting American expansion into Indian Country, was perhaps one of the most vital players in the war. General Isaac Brock, was a British general sent to oversee Canada’s defense, while longing to be commanding in Europe in the midst of the fight against Napoleon. Both men died in battle, shot by Americans, Brock at Queenston Heights (Niagara) in October of 1812 thwarting an American invasion, and Tecumseh at the Battle of the Thames in Southwestern Ontario in October of 1813 leading a spirited resistance against American invaders. While Brock has a towering stone monument and Tecumseh a secret hidden grave, both men were foundation in creating the nation that is today Canada.