Monday, May 5, 2014

Turtle - Trailmarker #3

 Turtle(s) (Mishikee(yag)

To Objibway, turtles represent longevity, endurance and the continuation of life.

 Turtle medallion

And turtles are the emblem of healers. The artist who created the medallion is Donald Chretien of Nippissing First Nation.

 The entire trail marker

According to the Ojibwe creation story, turtle offered it's back for Sky Woman as a resting place for delivering her child.

A closer look at the frog atop the trail marker

This is one of 10 kilometre trail markers in the Town of Newmarket, Ontario. The wooden sculpture was made by chainsaw artist Jim Menken.

You can see Owl HERE
and Catfish HERE.

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37 comments:

Andy said...

These are beautiful carvings. I always worry about vandals doing their thing. So far so good.

cieldequimper said...

I see I'm back just in time for some Ojibwe beauty!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That is beautiful. Even more beautiful is that nobody has pried it off yet.

orchid Miyako said...

I wondered what is Ojibwe and checked with pc p;) I found the story of turtles' back very interesting♪
Well, we have a proverb;
"Crane lives a thousand year and turtle lives a hundred years" It is from ancient China, and also both are taken as an auspicious animal in Japan.

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

William Kendall said...

It is such beautiful carving.

I was familiar with that creation story.

carol l mckenna said...

Love this Turtle totem ~ great shots for OWT ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol ( A Creative Harbor)

Sandra said...

these trail markers are so beautiful and the artist so talented...

see you there! said...

The trail markers are so interesting. I really like the turtle a lot.

Darla

Sue said...

Whaat a cool totem.

=)

Karen S. said...

I would totally enjoy having something like this in my own yard!

TexWisGirl said...

i just love these!

Roxy the traveling dog said...

I love that! What a cool trail marker.

Linda W. said...

Very cool trail marker!

Anvilcloud said...

My goodness, Newmarket spares no expense when it comes to trailmarkers. Chainsaw carvings are neato.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Well I learnt something today EG.. love these rustic totems and the story that comes with them.

RedPat said...

I love it, EG! I hope the turtle medallion survives.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

I like how the medallion fits so snuggly into the carving like a perfect puzzle piece. And it is so very interesting to learn about the meanings behind the humble turtle.

Small City Scenes said...

great carving. I do enjoy the legends. Many truths. MB

Revrunner said...

Sends out good vibes to those about to embark on the trail.

Karen said...

I love this one! Amazing the detail he gets with a chainsaw!

Gail Dixon said...

What a talented person! I'm sure I could only wreak havoc with a chainsaw and here is Jim Menken creating beautiful art with it.

Stephanie said...

I love these beautiful carvings!

Karen said...

A beautiful work of art, pics are back, sorry about that.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, what wonderful carvings, EG!! So much talent to be able to create such great art with a chainsaw! Awesome! Thank for sharing! Terrific captures!!

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Gorgeous!

Photo Cache said...

it's wonderful to learn about the symbolism of different animals to different cultures. thanks for sharing.

Indrani said...

What a wonderful piece of art work!

Jack said...

Gosh, this is absolutely wonderful. Love it!

Randy said...

That's cool.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Trailmarkers have come a long way from the bark-slashes, daubs of paint and rough stone cairns that I'm more familiar with.

Pat Tillett said...

It took a lot of talent to create this. Thanks for providing the information also!

llandudnopictures said...

Great looking, and useful, carving!

Roan said...

Love the frog perched on top. These are the most impressive trail markers I've ever seen.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

They are beautiful!

Carver said...

These trail markers are fantastic.

Janie said...

I love the artistic trailmarker, as well as the Objibwe beliefs that led to them.

Rose said...

I always love turtles and frogs/toads. Someone is so talented that can do this.

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