Our backs provide us with the strength needed to carry our hardships. Just as Turtle Island carries each of us, we must carry her, for she is a part of us. In the Anishinaabe creation story, the turtle, mikinaak, offers her back to bear the weight of the new Earth. The seven dots that circle the eyes of both Samantha and the turtle symbolize the seven generations. In this way, we are honoring the generations that have lived in balance with Turtle Island and will continue these traditions into the future.