Monday, September 16, 2013


Inspired by the Illustration Friday challenge word: "totem"

Thinking of the majestic totem poles of the Haida Gwaii, how they serve as markers of community, anchors of identity.

When in their presence, you know where you are - and very definitely who you are among.

Which totems do we identify with, I pause to think?  Here in this community, wandering among us is it any less clear who we are by what we plant around ourselves? 

Here.  Look here.  These are symbols of my family, my ancestry, my connections, loyalties and character.  This is what feeds my bones, shapes my thoughts and inspires my actions.

Thoughts developed, caught in the sieve of drawing as I sat and traced lines on paper.  Imagery I return to again and again developed, here in a new form. 


  1. Your personal totem is very original and very well drawn!

  2. I agree. It's so refreshing to see someone use their imagination on this one. Clap clap!

  3. This energetic, tippity totem really speaks to me-- I imagine that head spinning around as the totem tootles along, barely remaining upright, yet somehow producing song!

  4. Well seriously thanks, folks! I just do- do- doodle what comes to mind, and finding it has a voice means a lot.


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