CROCHETED POPPY BROOCH
ARTIST: BERNADINE BOISSONEAU
I am from Garden River First Nation. Although I have never researched it, I believe I am a descendant of Chief Shingwaukonese who was a national leader, a warrior, and a war chief during the War of 1812. I began creating these poppies after a request and have now been making them for over 10 years.
Wiingashk Pins: Sweet grass is a medicine used for purification. It represents kindness. The Poppy is an international symbol used to represent war veterans. I began crocheting poppies this way because long ago, everyone carried sweet grass. It was used in prayer (smoke carries prayers to The Creator). There was no such thing as churches. I am trying to use sweet grass in a contemporary way so once again we can have our culture recognized.
Store sweet grass pins in the dark when not in use–preferably in the freezer.
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