My video is now online for the Artist Leadership Program, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC, documenting my project taking place this past February in Parry Sound Ontario Canada. For this program I researched historical material culture and connected it with cultural language preservation in an educational context. I worked together with students in the Ojibway Cultural Language class at my old high school taught by Johna Hupfield. Over 800 native and non-native students attend this school and five native communities are bused in from Wasauksing, Henvey Inlet, Moose Deer Point, Magnetawan and Shawanaga First Nation. Together we asked the question ”Aaniish enjii-mno-nokii?” (“What is the good work you do?”) and the students talked in Ojibway on what the NMAI collection images meant to them. To view a video on my project and learn more about the Artist Leadership program, visit http://nmai.si.edu/connect/artist-leadership-program/
Photo by John Hupfield and video by Myles Turner and John Hupfield.