9 x 12 oil on canvas
framed 12 x 15
A client purchased this in the NWT (Hay River) many years ago.
30 x 24 acrylic on canvas, wrapped
20 x 28 acrylic on canvas, wrapped
Where he is from:
Mishipeshu is a part of the Ojibwa Indian’s mythology, from the beautiful waters of Lake Superior, Michigan. He is believed to live within the lake and travels by underwater tunnels, but his main home is Michipicoten Island, Ontario. It is said that where the lake is the greenest, that is where he is.
Description:Mishipeshu is mostly known as a large serpent-like feline (Mishipeshu meaning “The Great Lynx”) with copper horns atop his head.
He is known within this mythology as being very cunning and tricky. To some he can be helpful, but he enjoys drowning trespassers, especially children.Stories:”There are a few stories that might be of true believers of this great beast. A Jesuit missionary named Claude Dablon told a story about four Ojibwa Indians who embarked on a journey to the home of Mishipeshu to take some copper back to their home, and use it to heat water. the very second they pushed off and back into the water with their canoe, the eerie voice of the water panther surrounded them. The water panther came growling after them, vigorously accusing them of stealing the playthings of his children. All four of the Indians died on the way back to their village. the last one surviving just long enough to tell the tale of what had happened, in his final moments before he finally died. During the 1840s there was a copper rush, people there had realized the value of copper which was for the taking around Isle Royale and Keweenaw Peninsula. There was Great suffering and accidents that many key people and vessels fell victim to.
18 x 14 acrylic on canvas, wrapped
14 x 20 acrylic on paper, framed.
(glass will be removed if shipped)
39.5 x 31 acrylic on canvas, wrapped