Primordial River

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Primordial River

Amy Ankrom, age 16

Cleveland, Ohio USA



Speaking of the global rivers experience Amy Said: It is different. The music helps me concentrate more than if we were drawing in a silent room.


Editors Note: Amy studied the Hopewell Indians who where the earliest inhabitants (the mound dwellers ) of the Cuyahoga region. The border she chose was inspired by the artifacts found from these tribes.




Portrait of the River Goddess

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Portrait of the River Goddess

Deborah Carlson, adult

Cleveland, Ohio USA



Editors Note: Deborah teaches fiber arts at the Cleveland School of the Arts. She approached the project by visiting the Cuyahoga river in a pristine area.

She photographed the river many times with a digital camera manipulating the shots until she could sheen an image that reminded her of a guardian spirit. She also studied the river mythology of the world to inform her painting.



The Underground Railroad and The Burning Cuyahoga

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The Underground Railroad and The Burning Cuyahoga

Jason Page, age 15

Cleveland, Ohio USA



I learned a lot which I did not know or pay attention to. I say thank you to all who helped. Bless this river.


Editors Note: While researching the Cuyahoga river i was thrilled to come across a very old library book documenting the paths of the underground railroads. A map in the book showed that about 12 different roots to freedom connected on the Cuyahoga river where the people fleeing slavery would be transported across Lake Erie into Canada.

We read the accounts of some of these harrowing experiences. One woman transported her self by mail in a wooden crate. She was still alive over a week later when the crate was opened in Canada. Jason’s painting illustrates these stories. He also shows the U shaped river in the colors representing the four races of man kind. Red, Black, Yellow and White.



Faith, Hope and Charity

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Faith, Hope and Charity

Ricardo E. Jackson, age ??

Cleveland, Ohio USA



Don’t make the same mistake we made over fishing, pollutants, and neglect.

Try to cherish what you have.



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The Shipyards

Posted on 21st April 2009 by admin in Cuyahoga River-Cleveland-Ohio-See Artwork - Tags: , ,

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The Shipyards

Lila Voss, adult

Cleveland, Ohio USA



Editors Note: Lila lives very close to the industrial end of the Cuyahoga River. She visited the sites of these industries and lectured to the kids about what she found out about what is being produced on the river. She brought in iron and steel fragment and shale and concrete as examples of her research to show the students. She cut her canvas and sewed it in a U shape to show the unique shape of this river.


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