Circle of Life Through Art

Are you guys ready? It’s time to get a pencil in your hands, paint on your pants and learn how to make a beautiful Medicine wheel, also known as the Circle of Life.

The Medicine Wheel can be basic or it can be very detailed and have many things going on. The first thing you need to do is grab a piece of white paper. Make it as big as you want it to be. Then, you should draw or trace a circle onto your paper and cut it out. Oo Yaay! What a beautiful circle. Now you can hang it up. I’m just pulling your feather. Actually, you have to fill in your circle.

Last week we talked about the colors of the Medicine Wheel and what they mean. Do you remember? It is very important to lay your colors next to each other in the correct order. Before you lay out your colors draw two lines going through each other to divide your circle into four parts. Well, where in the heck does the colors go? As you can see on the article cover the Medicine Wheel has the colors going clockwise, White, Yellow, Red, and then Black. White is for North, Yellow is for east, Red is for South, and Black is for West. These are the colors you paint into the sections you divided. You can also write the directions on top of the color. To add wholesomeness to it, write it in Ojibwe! North - Kewadin. South - Shawan. West - Ningabianong. East - Waboon. This is the basic type of Medicine Wheel, but what can you do to spice it up?

I’m sure you’re thinking, “Man, I’m gonna have to see this everyday. It’s not very fun to look at. You feel?” Yes, I do ‘feel’. Some fun things you could do is make the outside of the Medicine Wheel look like a stick. You could represent the colors in a different way. One of my favorite ways to represent the colors is on flowers. Sometimes I draw a woman to divide the middle and represent the colors on her. Make the Medicine Wheel yours. What do you want to remember about the Medicine Wheel? Add things that are cool in your opinion. Draw a hippie van or your favorite sport. All in all, your Medicine wheel is for you, be creative. 

Our new word for this week will be Baamaapii. This means see you later in Ojibwe. I will be using this word in every following article. Did you know that in Ojibwe there is no word for goodbye? 

What did you learn this week? Let your family and friends know what you’ve learned. Draw a Medicine Wheel and hang it up in your room! I would like to give a shout out to Morgan Larson. On our cover photo for this article you can see her holding her Medicine Wheel that she drew. Morgan Larson is a freshmen here at Grygla Public School, and oo yaay (oh my) what a fantastic Medicine Wheel. She drew all four colors in the right order and even included some of the meanings in the color. Next week will be talking about the 7 Grandfather Teachings! Are you good at art? Draw an animal for one of the 7 Grandfather Teachings to get your art on the cover of next week's article. My name is Olivia Larson and you can reach me at ollarson.student@gmail.com. Baamaapii!!