Dabaadendiziwin

Painting: a wolf in front of the moon

Dabaadendiziwin
Humility: Know Your Place
Language: Anishinaabe
Nation: Ojibway
(Room 412)

The Seven Grandfathers tell us that the Creator says:

Each of these 7 teachings must be used with the rest; you cannot have wisdom without love, respect, bravery, honesty, humility, and truth…to leave one out is to embrace the opposite of what that teaching is.

Humility is represented by the wolf, since for the wolf; life is lived for their pack. We learn in this teaching to live life selflessly, and not selfishly; to think of others with as much or more importance than we think of ourselves. Respect your place on Mother Earth just as Creator has given it to you; carry pride for your people, and praise the accomplishments of all. Find balance within yourself and all living things.

Artist: Manley Elwood Jones (Kegadonce), age 68

I was born on Neyaahiinigming First Nation. I am Ojibway, and a part of the Otter clan. It is a great privilege to participate and have my artwork displayed at Queen’s University. This opportunity gives me the honour of showing our First Nations culture and heritage through art. I am proud to be a First Nations man and artist.