Which adventure am I embarking on next and why?

Tanisi, Aniin, Greetings my fellow relatives, The eve of a new adventure is upon us. I have physically manifested one of my life long dreams of travelling to and exploring the magical lands of New Zealand. It’s been on the top of my list since I was very young and now it’s actually happening!  …

Through the language we can bring healing to our people.

Through the Language we can bring healing to our people. Tansi/Kwe, As a First Nation, Inuit, and/or Metis individual, what priorities would you bring to the forefront of Turtle Island in order to bring healing, renewed relationships, positive action and revitalization of our diverse cultures? This question was at the heart, spirit and intent of…

Naicatchewenin First Nation

As the open road warmly embraces three generations of dancers, Treaty 3 territory smiles right back as we whisk our vehicle through curvy roads bordered with lakes, treetops and far open lands. Headed to the beautiful little community of Naicatchewenin First Nation for their 40th annual Powwow celebrations. Just a month prior I was in…

Exciting Updates!

Tanisi - Hello! Hey, happy hump day! (published on a Wednesday obviously - hopefully this opening line grabbed your attention instead of losing it, because sometimes I think i'm funny and clever when really I'm not). Moving along, I would just like to do a stream of consciousness, a stream of words typed out onto…

Reminiscence of the Miss Indian World Contestant experience.

The days of April 25th – May 1st and those leading up were a pure whirlwind that took my world by its roots and nourished them with adoration; a whirlwind that took me to new heights and greater understanding and respect for the world around me. An unforgettable experience that consisted of adrenaline highs, altitude…

Thoughts from the road – Beginnings of the Miss Indian World Experience!

Tansi, Hello readers! Road trips often result in the deepest reflections. Long hours of highways and changing landscapes, delving further into unknowns and driving further away from what we know, who we know and where we come from. On this trip in particular, I have been thinking about each and every one of you. Everyone…

What does Dancing Mean to You?

As a hoop dancer and fancy shawl dancer I often get the question, "What does dancing mean to you?" or "What is the meaning behind it?" and my answers usually vary. For myself personally, dancing is very special to me. I was taught that hoop dancing is a form of healing for oneself, for their friends and family…

Hoop Dance Portraits

During the spring of 2015 I had the privilege and wonderful opportunity to visit the Avenue Photography Studio in the east side of Winnipeg, Manitoba owned by the creative founder, Robert Dearden. We had the chance to collaborate together in order to capture some shots of dance and "indigenized" portraits. I was very grateful for…

What Does National Aboriginal Day Mean To You?

Every year on June 21st, National Aboriginal Day is celebrated in Canada. Now, I always tend to get completely cliche and exclaim that every day is "Aboriginal Day" for us as Indigenous people across North America because we live our realities, our cultures and celebrate our "Indigenousness" every day. As for me, this year feels…

24 Hours In Dryden Ontario

7:00 AM up bright and early, essential Tim Hortons coffee stop and then we were ready for the approximate 4 hour road trip down to the small town of Dryden, Ontario, Canada. 24 hours later my travelling partner (a.k.a my wonderful mother) and I were heading home with great vibes, stories to tell, new connections,…