The Loon (Makwa) is a symbol of tranquility and serenity. Reawakening of old dreams. The Loon is a very powerful prehistoric bird, which migrates from salt to freshwater. Their calls are unique and unforgettable. Loon depends on water, which is a symbol of multiple levels of consciousness. There are old Indigenous stories about the Loon brining sight back to a blind hunter, seducing a chief's wife with his song. This beautiful bird call us to follow our dreams, hopes and wishes.
Elizabeth has used Cree syllabics to describe each image. The syllabics were invented by missionaries in Canada (1830-1860) to create a written form of Cree and Ojibway. The primary purpose was to teach Christianity to Indigenous People. Elizabeth is a member of the Mistawasis Nehiyawak in Saskatchewan. Her work is inspired by the artistic traditions and storytelling of the Plains Cree.