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Maiangowi (Wiikwemkoong Odawa): "s/he speaks a strange way"

Manâdj (Rapid Lake Algonquin): "respect, use carefully"

Baashkaabigoni n’dizhnikaaz. Migizi n’doodem. Wiikwemkoong miinwa Mitchikanibikok Inik n’doonjibaa. Odaawe miinwaa omàmìwininì n’daaw. Niizh manidookwe n’daaw. Niin mazinibii'igewinini. Ni-bami'iwe.

Mary Ann Maiangowi-Manatch is an emerging Odawa (Wiikwemkoong) & Algonquin (Mitchikanibikok Inik) artist, a friend, and a protector of the earth. Practising on Anishinabeg territory alongside the land, Mary Ann specializes in birch bark work, brain hide tanning, and acrylic and oil paintings. Mary Ann’s work focuses on healing and ancestral knowledge pulling from her life experiences to create culturally significant pieces that help discuss Indigenous issues as well as Anishinabek pedagogies. She is an advocate for Land-Based Learning initiatives and the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge into education. Mary Ann also works closely with Anishinabek youth, allowing them to experience the land as she does.

Mary Ann holds a Fine Arts diploma from Centennial College. Mary Ann has been a three time participant with Ngig Indigenous Regalia Residency with OCADu and has also completed three traditional hide tanning camps with Niizh Manidook Hide Camp, and has assisted in facilitating a camp with Endaayaan Awejaa in 2022. In the summer of 2023, Mary Ann became a Youth Ambassador with the The Kickback Foundation and the Toronto Raptors.

Mary Ann is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Indigenous Visual Culture at the Ontario College of Art and Design University.

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