Sky Woman and Turtle Island
Acrylic painting on canvas, 2019
“Sky Woman and Turtle Island” features a creation story of how Turtle Island came to be. A pregnant Sky Woman needed a place to rest on Earth, but the world was covered with water. Turtle offered its back to her and several animals volunteered to swim to the bottom of the ocean to retrieve some soil. Marten, Loon and others, however, failed in their pursuits. It was little Muskrat that was able to retrieve the soil needed for Turtle’s back, creating Turtle Island (North America).