Annapolis Royal Wharf
The shores of the Annapolis River (known as Te’wapskik) and its tributaries were (and still are) important landing and fishing sites for the Mi’kmaq people. Before colonization the Mi’kmaq used to be migratory people who would travel according to the seasons and the food supplies.
The mural honours the Mi’kmaq people in the area present and past. The symbolism also speaks of peace and friendship.
The mural shows the medicine wheel with the four directions and colours. There are many teachings in the medicine wheel like the cycle of the four seasons of the year and the seasons of life. The colours can also represent the four races of people.
Some people will see seven directions: North, East, South, West, down to Mother Earth, up to Father sky and within.
In the painting the medicine wheel is embedded within the eight pointed star. A symbol used by Mi’kmaq people for thousands of years, found as a petroglyph in Bedford, a witness of the presence of the Mi’kmaq.
Lorne also uses the double curved design for decoration. A design commonly used by the Mi’kmaq.
There are four eagles inside the medicine wheel. Eagles (kitpu) represent love, respect and protection. They are speaking of peace and friendship between Nations.
In the very centre of the mural is an orange heart. It is there to always remember and honour the victims of residential schools and all the families affected to this present day and to pray for healing.
Lorne likes to use bright colours to bring joy, playfulness and hope to places.