Barbara
Storyteller& Educator
Writer & Dreamer
Travels from: Ontario, Canada

“Grandmothers and Grandmothering is an important collection that will help all readers honor the legacy of their grandmothers and foremothers. The stories, art, poems, and analysis herein complicate and expand our cultural expectations of grandmothers, while creating nuanced portraits of women who were much more than their grandmotherly role. This is an excellent book for anyone interested in revisiting treasured (or painful) pasts, as well as those looking toward a rich future as an elder.” – Nicole L. Willey, PhD, Professor of English, Kent State University Tuscarawas

Barbara Moktthewenkwe Wall is a Bodwewaadmii Anishinaabekwe of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Shawnee, Oklahoma and a traditional Knowledge Holder. She is a storyteller, educator, professional engineer, writer, and dreamer. Barbara retells Anishinaabe stories to audiences of all ages, weaving together teachings, humour and song. Barbara’s essay “Nokmisag: Bemnigying” is the final piece in the forthcoming Grandmothers and Grandmothering: Creative and Critical Contemplations in Honour of our Women Elders. Wall lives near Peterborough, Ontario where she is a professor teaching in the Indigenous Environmental Studies in Sciences program within Trent University’s Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies. She is a frequently requested guest speaker

Barbara is a mother, auntie, daughter and Grandmother. Her interests include reclaiming, remembering and revitalizing women’s knowledges and practices, and decolonizing education using Indigenous pedagogies. Barbara holds a BS in Geological Engineering from Michigan Technological University, and MS in Civil Engineering from University of California Berkeley. She is on the cusp of receiving her PhD in Indigenous Studies from Trent University. Barbara lives in rural Ontario, where she spends time on and in the beautiful waters, nurtures traditional Anishinaabe foods, and turns sweetwater into maple sugar.

Grandmothers & Grandmothering: Creative and Critical Contemplations in Honour of our Women Elders

Demeter Press |
Nonfiction

Today, more and more grandmothers around the world are taking on varied responsibilities and many roles, sometimes concurrently. Consequently, grandmothers continue to play, as in the past, an influential role not only in the lives of their grandchildren, but also in our communities and in society more broadly. Grandmothers and Grandmothering: Creative and Critical Contemplations in Honour of our Women Elders, as the title suggests, seeks to pay homage to our grandmothers and their contributions to society. As well, it aims to explore the textured and complex phenomena of grandmothering from a range of disciplines and cultural perspectives. Our hope is that this collection challenges preconceived notions of what it means to be a grandmother and provides insight into the multifaceted nature of grandmothering.

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Water is Life: Anishinaabe Relationship with Nibi

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All our Relations: Water Beings of the Great Lakes

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Living and Dying Mno Bemaadiziiwin: An Indigenous Perspective on Living and Dying Well

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“Nokmisag: Bemnigying” (Grandmothers: Those Who Hold Us Together)

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Nourishing Our Bodies and Spirits: The Indigenous Food Sovereignty Movemen

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Indigenous Knowledges —A Way of Being and Relating

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Biocultural Framework: Anishinaabe Relationship with Land, Water and the Cosmos

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Stories of Potawatomi History: Removal from the Great Lakes to the Red Earth of Oklahoma

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Jiimaanke – Restoring Relationship with the building of a birchbark canoe

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