• Aakode'ewin (Courage) Sentinel
  • Aakode'ewin (Courage) Sentinel
  • Aakode'ewin (Courage) Sentinel
  • Sentinel Courage web

The Sentinel is the largest, most elaborately costumed character in the procession. Each teaching is dramatized by one of these large-scale totemic figures. Artist and disability activist Mark Brose plays the Sentinel Courage. Courage evokes the bear with particular claw-like forms that surround, embrace, and protect this Sentinel. The dual characteristic—in this case the aggressive yet caring bear—is a hallmark of most of the forms in the procession. Mark Brose, who uses a power scooter, pulls a large form on wheels that is attached to the back of this mobility device. It is constructed with an aluminum frame and decorated with cut Plexi-glass shapes and treated with black auto-tinting.

 

Here are a selection of Marlon Griffith’s initial sketches, artistic renderings, technical drawings, and images of the process of making Courage. These images comprise a process extending almost two years. While the forms are intended to give shape and spirit to each of the teachings, each are also closely tied to the individual who plays each Sentinel and are custom designed to fit that individual. And while all of the processional players in each teaching are individuals, each is connected through name, myth, symbol, or pattern.