Ropes That Bind

Ropes That Bind

I took this close-up photograph of a rope on a dock. It is used to harness and wrap up boats that have come ashore out of the waters. For safety sake, they are needed to connect and anchor to land. 

To me, they represent the human spirit and how we are connected as souls. It represents the cords or attachments we have to other people that bind us together. It is how I see my love for certain people in this world. It is strong and thick as my wrist – woven and connected from my heart to theirs.  

Although there may have been adversity and minor tears, it remains strong and healthy. Relationships are manifestations and reflections of how committed we are to making things work through all types of weather and circumstances. 

Keep safe and strong through the howling winds and tumultuous waters! 

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Empowerment

Empowerment

This is a photograph of the Five Women including Nellie McClung who fought for the Person’s case and was the first province in Canada to extend voting rights to women on January 28, 1916. This fight amongst other women’s fights to vote around the world has led to women like Kamala Harris to become the first African-American, first Asian-American and first woman Vice-President of the United States. This photograph is to remind and honour those women who have fought for equal rights and who have led the way. Kim Campbell was the first female national leader by becoming the 19th Prime Minister of Canada on June 25, 1983. 

According to the Manitoba Historical Society: “This bronze sculpture of the “Famous Five”—the five women whose challenge to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1929 resulted in women being legally recognized as persons under the British North America Act—was unveiled at a ceremony on 18 June 2010. Created by local sculptor Helen Granger Young at an estimated cost of $750,000 on behalf of the Nellie McClung Foundation, the monument is one of three on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building focusing on women, , the others being monuments of Queen Victoria (on the north grounds) and Queen Elizabeth II (on the east grounds near Government House).” 

From Left to Right: Henrietta Muir Edwards, Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney, and Nellie McClung 

I have put on pink/purple hue to represent female power and empowerment. 

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Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

This is the world famous Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Fort McLeod, Alberta. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981. It is part of the history of the Blackfoot people and culture. 

According to Wikipedia and the Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre, “The buffalo jump was used for 5,500 years (some say as much as 12,000 years ago) by the indigenous peoples of the plains to kill buffalo by driving them off the 11 metre (36 foot) high cliff.” 

According to legend, it wasn’t because of the buffalo’s heads smashing over the cliffs that it received its name but because a young Blackfoot boy wanted to see the buffalo hunt and started to climb the cliffs but the kill was so great that year that he was crushed under the weight of the falling buffalo. It is for this reason that the location has its name. 

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In Clover

In Clover – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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In Clover

I took this photograph in our yard. It is incredible how such small, beautiful plants and flowers can add so much to green grass. 

I learned today that the expression “In Clover” means prosperity and living well. It means financial abundance and having good fortune. I wish this for people around the world as we are all one and what affects one, affects us all. 

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Bee Flower

Mikawoz Bee Flower

Bee Flower

I look this image of the bee in the flowers in Freeport, Bahamas. What I like about this photograph that I took is the fact that the flower is in various stages of development just like people from baby to youngling to adult. I find the spiky nature particularly appearing which I guess would be like the teenage years.

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Old Rusted Miner’s Cart

Mikawoz Old Rusted Miner's Cart

Old Rusted Miner’s Cart

We went for a hike in Kootenay National Park in British Columbia 86 kilometers from Radium Hot Springs. We came across this old rusted miner’s cart. I think it is really interesting.

According to the Parks Canada website, Paint Pots are “ Iron-rich pools and ochre beds, culturally significant to indigenous people including the nearby Ktunaxa Nation.”

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Prayers for Australia

Mikawoz Prayers for Australia

Prayers For Australia

I created this image as I was thinking of the fires raging in Australia. My heart went out to them as people, domestic animals, wildlife and nature was burnt to a crisp. I hoped and prayed for rain to ease their fight and plight.

According to the Smithsonian Online Magazine, “Australia’s massive bushfires, which were contained in mid-February and declared over in early March, left eucalypt forests scorched and the ground, too dry to absorb the following rainfall. But now, the burnt trees are beginning to show signs of recovery as small, leafy branches sprout from their sides.”

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Web

Mikawoz Web

Web

I was thinking of the World Wide Web when I came up with this design. We are all connected via the Internet.

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Mosaic

Mikawoz Mosaic

Mosaic

The world is a mosaic. It is a combination of all sorts of people but we are all one. We come in various shapes, colours and combinations but essentially we are souls having a human experience.

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Cords

 

Mikawoz Cords

Cords

This is an abstract interpretation of our connections to other people by cords. We connect to all beings formed in some way energetically.

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