2016-328 – Ogichidaa Gikinawaaji’owin Belt Buckle Mandala

Mark of the Warrior Belt Buckle by ZhaawanArt Fisher Star Creations
Mark of the Warrior Belt Buckle by Zhaawano Giizhik
Fisher Star Creations
sterling silver, turquoise, red coral
approx. 2.36″ x 3.15″ (60 x 80 mm)

This week’s MotD theme: Buckle Up

From the Netherlands comes this stunning and powerful belt buckle entitled Ogichidaa Gikinawaaji’owin (Mark of the Warrior) created by Zhaawano Giizhik of Fisher Star Creations. I love the exquisite simplicity of this piece that speaks volumes.

About Zhaawano and his art:

I am an artist with First Nations roots who draws from ancestral Anishinaabe source. I design and handcraft jewelry and I have several blogs in which I write about my art and that of kindred artists and about all sorts of Anishinaabe culture-related topics; once in a while I enjoy creating graphic work and writing poetry as well. As a jeweler I practice a different discipline than that of the Medicine Painters, yet, as I see it, we all draw from the same source, namely, the sacred stories and pictographs of the Ojibwe Anishinaabeg, Cree, and other Algonkin-speaking Peoples.

View more of his extraordinary belt buckles via his online gallery.

Inspiration for Today

About this piece, Zhaawano states:

The claws of Makwa (bear), Ma’iingan (wolf), Bizhiw (Lynx), and Waabizheshi (Marten) represent virtues like perseverance and guardianship, as well as strength and courage.

Today’s mandala inspires us to embrace these same virtues within ourselves: perseverance, guardianship, strength, and courage.

Happy Coloring!

If you would want your mandala or your idea for a mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read about how on the Participate page. It’s easy! Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.


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