Project Tag: Ethnobotany

Mary Siisip Geniusz

Self portrait. Courtesy of Wendy Makoons Geniusz Native American (Cree/Metis), Ethnobotany Mary Siisip Geniusz (1948-2016) Mary Siisip Geniusz, born in 1948, was an Oshkaabewis (ceremonial apprentice), and teaching assistant to Keewaydinoquay Peschel, an Anishinaabe medicine woman from Michigan.  Geniusz’s heritage was Cree and Métis; her mother was born at the Pas in Manitoba. Because she …

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Keewaydinoquay Pakawakuk Peschel

Photo courtesy of Wendy Makoons Geniusz, with permission from the Miniss Kitigan Drum. Native American (Anishinaabe), Ethnobotany Keewaydinoquay Pakawakuk Peschel (1919-1999) The Aadizookaanag, our ancient stories and teaching spirits, are living beings. Keewaydinoquay’s storytelling clearly demonstrated the veracity of this Anishinaabe teaching. As she told stories, deep, “booming” voices of the Aadizookaanag echoed through the …

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