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3 The biblical suggestion of the heron’s cross is counterposed by the heart-as-compass motif, evoking the sacred compass or hoop celebrated by many Native cultures. 5 Such careful juxtaposition of the sacred and the secular is not accidental: an intricate dialectical play results from what superficially appears to be a straightforward combination. 6 Theresa Smith notes, however, that the dualism of sky and earth or water ‘is but one movement in what [she] would call a complicated dialectical dance’ (1995: 2).

All the time it is shrinking over Pembina. Another metaphysical double image, this hole of heaven refers to the entrance to the world in many Plains origin myths; it is the hole 5429T LOUISE ERDRICH-PT/rev/lb_Demy 24/08/2010 13:07 Page 42 42 Louise Erdrich through which the first grandparents descended. It also evokes the Romantic entrance of Wordsworth’s Immortality Ode, new souls ‘trailing clouds of glory’, the hole of heaven an entrance through which the souls of newborns must squeeze. Then there is the deft juxtaposition of ‘souls small as mice’ with the internal rhyme and wordplay on the ‘[w]hole of heaven’ that suggests an indivisibility between states of nature and divinity, tiny souls becoming the very substance of heaven.

6 Theresa Smith notes, however, that the dualism of sky and earth or water ‘is but one movement in what [she] would call a complicated dialectical dance’ (1995: 2). Focusing on the animate spirits of the ‘complex’ and ‘fluid’ Ojibwe cosmology, Smith continues: It is my contention that the Thunder and Underwater manitouk are determinative beings and symbols in the Ojibwe world and that their relationship inscribes a dialectic that both reflects the lived reality of that world and helps to determine the position and existence of the human subject therein.

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