Description Long ago in the northern reaches of Lake Huron, between Michigan and Canada, before these places had names, the world was without land and all the animals lived in the great waters, until one day the Great Turtle (Mackinac) told them that whoever could swim to the depths and retrieve a handful of soil, could place it on the turtle's back and create land for the creatures to live on. so the arrogant otter and industrious beaver both tried and failed to complete the task, then the humble muskrat offered to try, and was gone for a very long time, finally the other animals saw a black shape emerge from the depths as the body of the muskrat floated to the surface with a handful of land clutched in his lifeless paw, the animals placed him on the turtles back, and so Mackinac was formed and the animals could live on the land. - an old anishinabe legend. medium: colored pencil
Brianne Dumois, Portage Member Since September 2007 Artist Statement I have a degree in illustration, heading towards children's books. I create for the joy of creating and hope to bring a smile and a chuckle to the world.