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About the NAMHR Logo

The NAMHR logo was designed by Christine Sioui Wawanoloath, an artist from Wendake, Quebec. Christine’s work has been featured in various Aboriginal publications, including numerous booklets, posters, newsletters and newspapers. She has also illustrated non-violence guides for First Nations communities and a calendar for Aboriginal women. Her portfolio includes an anti-racism production for the Quebec Association of Native Friendship Centres. She was also artistic director for Tewegan magazine from 1981 to 1982.

A variety of symbols make up the NAMHR logo. At its centre is the shamanic face, which represents the shaman, a spiritual guide who communicates with good and evil spirits in order to maintain balance. The rays in the shamanic figure represent communication with the sky. The birds on the index finger symbolize the heart and freedom. The double floral curves represent beauty, and are a symbol of balance and nature, without which our spirits would be deprived. The phases of the moon are symbolic of the night and the cycles that control the tides and the changing moods of humans. They are also a symbol of the woman, or the female principle, and fertility. The sun symbolizes life, the light and the return of each new day. It is a symbol of vital energy, and the male principle in relation to the moon. The igloo represents community. The open hand represents several symbols including peace, greetings, and goodbye, as well as to reassure, to heal, and to work. It also can represent “enough,” “stop” and “caution.”

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