Mike Alexander is an emerging Ojibway artist from Swan Lake First Nation on Treaty #1 territory in Manitoba, Canada.
Choose from three brilliant pieces, Bear, Blackfish, and Crane.
Statement from the artist
The protection and security of the people is the function of the bear clan, select peacemakers whose gifts include selflessness and understanding. In ones' life, the spirit of the bear instills the courage and bravery to face life's challenges.
I'm still trying to understand my relationship with my clan. The crane is characterized by leadership. Crane flies and soars high above and can see the bigger picture from its unique vantage point. Through guidance, crane is able to plan and ensure the well-being of the people.
To the Coast Salish people, the orca is a highly admired guardian to coastal communities, representing unity, family and strength in numbers. This design is an acknowledgement of being a guest on their land as well as a symbol of transformation, inspiration, and quiet, peaceful contemplation.