Madeline Island

Madeline Island
Madeline Island
Price: $28.95
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"This image represents the home land of the Ojibwa people called (know by three names) Mooningwane Minnes, The Island of the Yellow-Shafted Flicker, or Madeline Island.  This island is the last stop of the Ojibwa people's migration.  During our journey of migration, the Ojibwa people where told to look for the place where "food grows on water", Wild Rice.  You will find this island in Lake Superior.

As you look at the image you  see the water of Lake Superior, yellow shafted flicker for Madeline Island, Ojibwa person dancing on the island, and the outside has hints of moccasins in white, dancing on a background of gray representing guidance from our elders."

-artist Gordon Coons

Giclee print on archival paper with archival ink
12 x 12 inches

Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 inches

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Boozhoo - Gordon Coons Ojibwa / Ottawa Artist

Gordon Coons' heritage is Ojibwa from Lake Superior Chippewa Band of Wisconsin (from my father) and Ottawa from Michigan (from my mother).  He is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe of northern Wisconsin.  Originally from Wisconsin, Gordon is now living in Minneapolis Minnesota.
Gordon is a self taught artist, creating works in a variety of mediums including linoleum block prints, paintings, pen and ink, creations in stone and wood and assembled sculptures.  Although his artwork is more contemporary, each piece portrays a unique view of traditional native stories.
Gordon has been showing artwork at juried shows around the country, including Eiteljorg Museum of Indianapolis; Art Northwest of Portland, Oregon; University of Kansas Museum of Anthropology at Lawrence, Kansas; Oscar Howe Arts Center and Dakota Discovery Museum at Mitchell, South Dakota; Gathering of People Wind and Water, Rapid City, South Dakota.
He has won numerous recognition awards and commissions for graphics/prints, paintings and assembled sculptures.  His works have become part of permanent collections of institutions such as the Minneapolis American Business Development Corporation; Red Cloud Indian School Heritage in Pine Ridge, South Dakota; the Summit Medical Center of Oakland, California; Red Earth, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center, Chamberlain, South Dakota; and Lac Courte Oreilles Community Library, Reserve, Wisconsin.  Gordon was commissioned by Keith Secola for an image to be sold as a poster by Keith Secola at concerts.  He was commissioned for an image to be used by WOJB-88.9FM of Lac Courte Oreilles, Reserve, Wisconsin, for their 20th anniversary celebration.  He was  commissioned to create and lead a project of five artists from Lac Courte Oreilles to create eleven images, sized 40" by 60" and he created one image size of 5 feet by 5 feet, depicting the Ojibwa migration story.  The images are located at the Lac Courte Oreilles Community Library.  The migration story images have also been used by the White Earth Land Recovery Project for the 2007 Annual Report.