Photo by Daisy Wu
Portrait of a woman underneath the earth. Her green hair swirls in the earth and emerges on the surface, where there is blue sky, like grass.
Artist(s): Jackie Traverse

Sweet Grass – Wiingash

Completed: 2017

Artist Statement: “Sweet grass is a gift from Mother Earth. It is said to be part of her hair and the use of sweet grass promotes strength and kindness. When braiding sweet grass each strand of the braid represents mind, body and spirit. It is also important to remember the teaching of the sweet grass braid and walk that way when wearing a braid in our own hair. Smudging: The aroma of burning sweet grass has a calming effect and thus promotes kind thoughts. When smudging with sweet grass it is important to honour the hair of mother earth by smudging our own hair with the smoke. Prayer and Ceremony: Since sweet grass promotes strength and kindness it is often used in healing circles and during ceremony to allow positive energy, kind thoughts and kind feelings to surface through any pain and suffering.”

Sponsored by: Synonym Art Consultation, Wall to Wall Mural & Culture Festival, and Graffiti Art Programming.

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Location: 141 Sherbrook St Winnipeg MB R3C 2B5 Canada Get Directions