Acrylic on Canvas, 48″ x 72″
By Christi Belcourt & Isaac Murdoch
‘The strawberry has always been a symbol of life and happiness for the Ojibway. For many, its called the ‘Heart Berry’ and is a huge part in the Anishinabek Burial Rites. They say that the Milky Way is a path that leads to a New Beginning after we pass away.
‘On this path, it is said a huge Strawberry will be seen on the second day of this journey. This is where we will see fully that Birth, Life, Death and Rebirth are all interconnected and all the same. Time doesn’t exist there… Only life.
‘By praying to the Strawberry we send our petitions into all living things that surround us.’
Commisioned by the Wabano Center, Ottawa
The painting features on
August 2018 poster of Surrey Muse.
Poster designed by Surrey Muse art director Mariam Zohra.
Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Katzie,
Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.