An Anishinaabek Tribute to Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Ode'min, Miinan, Zhoomin/Shomin
These three beautiful carvings celebrate the profound connection between the Anishinaabek people and the natural world. Crafted with deep respect for tradition, it conveys the importance of preserving traditional ecological knowledge.
Carved by Fred Raphael | 2023
On display at the SEEDS Farm at Historic Barns Park.
Honoring Generations of Wisdom through Art and Story
Listen to the audio below to listen to audio stories passed down by Anishinaabek elders and protected by traditional knowledge keepers. These stories reveal the wisdom and insights of our ancestors, providing valuable lessons about sustainable living and harmonious coexistence with the environment.
Stories shared by Biindige Giizhik | 2023
Biindigegizhig, or Daniel Deleary
Biindigegizhig, also known as Daniel Deleary, is a remarkable individual with deep-rooted connections to the Anishinabe culture. He hails from the Walpole Island First Nation and proudly identifies as Ojibway, Potawatomi, and Algonquin, belonging to the esteemed Loon Clan. Biindigegizhig’s spiritual journey and commitment to preserving Anishinabe ways of life have made him a recognized leader within the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge, … holding the esteemed rank of 3rd Degree Mide person. From the moment of his birth, Biindigegizhig has been immersed in the learning and understanding of Anishinabe spiritual and cultural practices. His life’s mission is dedicated to the rejuvenation of these ancient traditions and ensuring their continuity for future generations. He is highly regarded by Anishinabek communities across Canada and the United States as a spiritual and cultural knowledge practitioner. In addition to his spiritual leadership, Biindigegizhig has made it his life’s work to improve the lives of Indigenous peoples in numerous ways. Notably, he is passionate about empowering Indigenous youth to pursue successful careers in the skilled trades, contributing to their self-sufficiency and the prosperity of their communities. Biindigegizhig’s diverse knowledge and profound insights are a valuable asset to the First Nations youth STEM Summit, where he shares his wisdom and experiences to inspire and educate the next generation. His virtual speaking engagements at various events highlight the importance of preserving Indigenous knowledge and traditions while embracing the opportunities of the modern world. One of Biindigegizhig’s recent initiatives includes his involvement in organizing a peaceful protest aimed at raising awareness about environmental issues, particularly those impacting his community and neighboring areas, such as Walpole Island. The protest, driven by a commitment to environmental protection and solidarity among First Nations communities and their neighbors, addresses longstanding challenges caused by spills in the St. Clair River. These environmental incidents, including recent spills, have spurred Biindigegizhig and his fellow organizers into action. They firmly believe that their voices and those of their community must be heard to prevent further harm to their environment. Beyond just their own communities, the protest also seeks to build partnerships with neighboring communities, emphasizing the shared responsibility for the protection of water and the environment. Biindigegizhig, or Danny Deleary, underscores the universality of this cause, emphasizing that regardless of differences in skin color, religious background, or any other distinctions, all people share a vested interest in safeguarding the environment for the sake of future generations. His tireless dedication to the preservation of Anishinabe culture and the protection of the environment serves as an inspiration and a call to action for all who share in this common purpose.
This project was made possible by the Michigan Arts & Culture Council.