The Ojibway believe every animal
has his own individual gifts and unique talents and powers.
Animals were chosen as personal
totems by one who hoped to gain an animals' special powers through emulating
that animals' behavior and characteristics.
Animals have the
ability to sense changes of the world,
seasonal changes and the coming of things.
Man does not have this pre-knowledge.
all been working our fingers to the bone (believe it!) at our small studio here in the woods, creating hand-carved, limited edition Ojibway inspired sculptural
pieces aptly called MANITOUS. Over the years we have sold our work through many fine
galleries across the country, including Disney World and many
National Parks. Hand carved and assembled from local basswood,
and individually hand painted, each piece is one of an
edition of 100, and is numbered, dated, and signed by the artists...that
would be me and my wonderful son, Tanner. The Manitous are approximately 21 inches
each piece is individually hand made, no two
pieces will be
exactly alike. Each has it's own individual characteristics and
personality. From an Animistic view, one could say the Manitou sculpture itself
is alive with awareness and it's own breed of intelligence!
it is the Ojibway (or Chippewa) word for Spirit or Mystery. As the Great Spirit
manifests itself in myriad forms, each unique manifestation, including plant,
animal and mineral, is endowed with and inseparable from this Spirit.
Also, MANITOU can be interpreted as meaning "MAGIC" or "Medicine", in the sense that some people, places,
objects, etc. seem to
possess a greater concentration of this spirit (or creative energy) than others,
such as a sacred ritual object or a favorite seashell. It is akin to the
reservoir of concentrated essence or power that is referred to as 'Mana' in some
pagan European cultures, and is believed to pervade the whole world. A Manitou may also be an
entity (inorganic being?) whom on occasion will take on a physical
(human or animal) form in order to
teach us foolish people a lesson. Thus, "Little Spirits" and the inspiration for our
The term MANITOU is also synonymous with the word FAERIE. Of a different
continent, culture and language, both refer to the hidden world behind
this one, the denizens of that world, and the magic and mischief they wrought in
world. If an object could be said to express the 'genus loci' or intelligence and
memories of a place, the Manitous are very definitely 'Minnesota'. I guess I'd
imagined I was channeling and condensing the energy of my immediate and present
environment, and the Manitous sprang up organically like mushrooms after a rain. If you would like to know more about us, go to our
page! For more on
Totems and the nature of animals, go to the
Gitche Manitou -
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
manitou refers to the concept of one aspect of the
interconnection and balance of nature/life, similar to the East
Asian concept of
in simpler terms it can refer to a
spirit. This spirit is seen as a person as well as a
concept. Everything has its own manitou— every plant, every
stone and, since their invention, even machines. These manitous
do not exist in a hierarchy like European gods/goddesses, but
are more akin to one part of the body interacting with another
and the spirit of everything; the collective is named Gitche
Gitche Manitou is also known as the Great
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