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Cranes are associated with good luck in many Native American tribes. Native fishermen, especially, used to consider it a good omen to see a crane while fishing. In some Native American folklore, Crane plays the role of peacemaker. In others, he is notable for his vanity. To the Anishinabe tribes, cranes represented leadership and skill at speaking, and the Cheyennes associated sandhill cranes with lightning.
Garnet Tobacco, a Cree artist, was born February 6th, 1964 in Moose Lake, Manitoba. The Buffalo is his family crest symbol.
Garnet, a prolific talent, has been painting for over twenty years and occasionally sculpts in soapstone and wood. He apprenticed under Isaac Bignell, a prominent artist who has passed away. Bignell's style and form greatly influenced Garnet who is preserving it to this day. Fluid lines, soft earthy tones against simple stylized backgrounds are all characteristics that have attracted many collectors. Garnet has works in private collections throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, U.S.A and Canada. His work has also been displayed at the Art Expo in Calgary.