•13/0 Charlotte cuts, sterling silver edging beads, sterling silver earring hooks, backed with fragrant smoked moose hide•
These are called Nipîy - water.
The glass that sometimes tries to hold water is often rigid and unrelenting in the shape it’s trying to give the water. But water itself is flexible, fluid, and nourishing. Water is freeing.
It’s recently made me reflect a lot on who I want to be and what kind of influence I want to have - especially on my children. Am I like the vessel trying to hold the water? Am I the glass trying to confine it? Or am I trying to be the water itself? Am I that in my life at all?
There is a reason many Indigenous people believe that water is our relative. Water makes up about 60% of our bodies - the heart itself is made up of closer to 75-80%. Water is sacred. I hope we surround ourselves with people who are like water. People who bring us to the best we can be through their nourishment and love. I hope we are that kind of person to others.
Because while the glass holding the water is breakable, water itself can’t be broken. It only changes and evolves.