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Toni Toland
Artist
My recent creative work has focused on cultural icons, so this poem was a natural. It was about celebrating a culture for which I have a great deal of respect.

When I read this haiku, I immediately saw, in my mind’s eye, what it would look like.

A good friend of mine, Anna Dyer, is Mohawk, and she was a great help. She loaned me a sweet grass “Strawberry” basket. I used the lid as reference for the light at the top of the image.
Anna’s friend, Louise Cook, translated the haiku into Mohawk so I could incorporate that into the water. I also included the turtle image in tribute to the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga.

Their spirits are there
Native voices echoing
Onondaga Lake

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