The new resident is a bronze sculpture by Minnesota artist Jeff Savage, titled Heartwaters-Caretaker Woman. Savage explains that in Anishinabe (Ojibwe) culture it is believed that women are the caretakers of the water.
"The responsibility to keep this precious resource pristine and renewable for all future generations is considered sacred work that deserves respect," said Savage.
In his sculpture, a woman is leaning over, releasing a clutch of small turtles from a basket. According to the artist, this act represents a renewing of life, renewing of the seasons and a continuation of the waters of life. Her flowing hair is like that of flowing water. The turtles are strong water symbols that represent the universal cycles of life in Anishinabe belief.
"The turtle's round shell represents the earth, moon, sun and seasonal cycles," said Savage. "The legs of the turtle point in the four compass directions. The head points up to honor Grandfather Sun and his tail points down towards Mother Earth. Turtles show us all directions of life-they live in the water, walk on land and breath air. Turtles are a strong symbol of the importance of this site, located here at the headwaters of the Mississippi, the heartwaters of this nation."