kči-čči (The Great Penetrating Arrow), by James Eric Francis Sr., 2019


Penobscot artist James Eric Francis Sr.'s painting is a depiction of the Gluskabe story, where the culture hero shoots an arrow into the brown/black ash /basket tree, and the people come forth singing and dancing, along with many of the key animals in Wabanaki cosmology.

Beyond its cultural significance, the representation connects Wabanaki people and places, and critical natural resources found across our landscape. The teachings contained within the stories of Gluskabe and the animals provide not only ecological insights, but the responsibilities all Wabanaki people have to these resources.

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