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Born and raised in Garden River First Nations, right on Lake Superior, professional #hockey player #jordannolan is a member of the Ojibwe tribe. Within the small community, the thunderbird is omnipresent, and is symbolically painted on buildings as “a protector for our #people,” says Nolan. For him, the thunderbird not only inspires through its sheer strength, but also influences his style of play.
“The thunderbird’s power inspires me. It also forms beautiful artwork,” says Nolan. “And much like the thunderbird, I think of myself as a protector on the ice and take pride in my teammates.”
Nolan and the inspired graphic drives the aesthetic of Nike’s latest N7 collection, which launches June 21 to align with and honor Canada’s National Aboriginal Day. Designed for men and women, the collection comprises footwear and apparel featuring a pattern formed by abstracting the thunderbird and a distinct color scheme drawn from an exploded color bursts of red and yellow — referencing long hours of training and #sport in the summertime. These elements are placed throughout the collection with anasymmetry representative of the “balance, not perfection” ethos present in N7 communities.
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