Jennifer Leason

Amobenaachee Hummingbird

“Nóngom kici-kakinahomaté wigamigong izáhin pigo-imá kitá-anokísanágan ci anokíhin kíspin izásiwan kakinahomatéwigamigong.”
“Post Secondary Education is important today, because you can’t get a job without education.”
MARY STRONGQUILL – KEESEEKOOSE FIRST NATION

Amobenaachee Hummingbird

In May 2013, I was visited by a hummingbird at my window. How strange I thought, it was much too early in the season and the feeder was on the other side of the house. She was persistent as I kept looking up from my work. So, I searched “hummingbird” on the internet and wrote the word down on a sticky note and pasted them to my window as a reminder of the humming bird and her medicine. Nearly 3 weeks later, I went outside on my deck and below the feeder was a dead hummingbird. She took my breath away and when I picked her up, I saw how fragile she and life was. An hour later, my sister phoned me to tell me that our mother had died from a sudden massive heart attack. I was devastated that I never got to say good bye as I played our last conversation over and over again in my mind. As I was packing to go home for her funeral, I glanced at my window and saw the sticky notes and the words that I had written. Words now that I believe were her last words to me as she departed this world for the spirit world. Words of wisdom and medicine and a constant reminder of our connection to our family and ancestors who continue to guide our journeys.
Nanny's Farm

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When we were children, we would play while the adults visited at my grandparent’s house in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan.
Mee abii megaw abee-binoogii-yang kedum-minowiin, megow ka-ke-ta-tisor ke motecheowag. Ema Meeshomis, Kokum endo-what yeta Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan
We played all day, running through the trees, jumping and splashing in the water under the bridge and stealing from Kokum’s garden.
Keo- taminimiin, kega-ka-bec kessic. Apowata minowang ema mittogoke, eko-scon-owang neging-anaming ashogunning. Ke kee-moote-yang ema Kokum ca-koo-kit-gt, Otum-mimo-wang ech-quasowiin sheo chimo-gaa-gowiin
We played along the wheat fields behind the summerhouse. This was our playground.
Ema peshue-ca-qetiga-what mano-miin adamung neepin-wakak-yiigun. Meetma ka kee otum-min-owang
Windigo through the Trees

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We were always told to watch out for one another and not to go too far.
Gitche-gon na doo kee-omsi-dium kee-wiin tabida dumago-ing to on-qee konobimitiyang. Kega was ache isa-yang
Kokum would caution that if we weren’t careful that Windigo would eat us.
Koko kee-windamaqonan tabida Windigo keno-tes-gut-tay
Windigo was always hungry.
Windigo keno-tes-gut-tay
Windigo would eat us whole and would only leave our bones behind.
Windigo ka kitum-ee-gonnay-ed-ttago-ocunon eema ta-atwiin
I remember as a child running through the pine trees after dark, with Windigo was chasing after me.
Kee-kanton abinoogi-wiaan epimito-waan eema o-kanda-guck eneet-biccut enac-atawendannun Windigo ebiminisowiit
Move Over

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The sunset and darkness was Windigo’s gaze.
Kabiit-neka-nee-baan-gishimuut keesis shi-go Windigo ay-gona
Windigo looking deep into my being, knowing where I came from before I was born.
Windigo eco-nog-bimit-ayewa-cun-dung ka kima kee-goo oma. Andee co-wonsi-pematisan
It knew me. I was scared.
No-kum ka-wiin nega-wasa dis-asee- ima onji kawa-conoc. Kee can-nemic koo-ko-tash
I never strayed too far from the light and always kept close to my sister and my cousins.
Kaa-nee-ka wasa geesha-see aying-go-ge ema kawas-koneck shigo tabida pe-sho ande ema, shigo kii-enwabanuck
Darkness

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The Windigo is always hungry no matter how much it consumes. It will eat you alive.
Tabita Windigo no-tess-ka-tay
He will eat you alive.
Pego-minick weasin-nit ka-kit-ta-mook
Windigo is the darkness.
Windigo awa kakistipicut
Darkness cultivates darkness.
Kakistipicut omin-aan-dan tipicut
It is difficult to see the light amidst the darkness.
Sum-gut chee wagadumun kissicut o-sham missomick tipican nagut
Colonial Lava

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Strength turns to weakness.
Shon-gi-see-yun shego majenda-go-se-ee-yan
What you once knew is easily forgotten.
Yak ha-kee-kand-mun kessica kawanee-ka
Confusion inside you causes you to doubt everything.
A no-chee kago-kessica ema attee
The things you believe were once true turn to lies.
Eeen-ga yay-ka kee-kam-do-mun ka-ween ke kam-dash-een
Lies eat the truth.
Kina-miin-owiin omii-giin ee-ay-ye debwe-wan
We lose hope.
Kiina won-ato-miin ey-yay-kanda wendam-mung
Who am I? Who am I? Who am I?
Onan niin? Onna niin? Onan niin?
Our Lady of Seven Sorrows

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Windigo’s lies inside my heart and heart make me believe it.
Windigo ekit-oo ne-stick gone-ick shigoo dai-ach-ing da-bod-tawaa
I’m good for nothing.
Kawiin chang-goo de-na-bitizee
I’m not smart.
Kawiin nee-paw kazzee
I am not white enough.
Kawiin yaminick ne-wap- skeesh-izee
I do not pray the right way.
Kawiin ko-yack don nee-mee- yazzee
I am empty.
Kawiin tabisca pe-shiish-e-go-zian
Everything about me is wrong.
Kan-gkeg-go et toot ta-man onish-shis-noon
Everything I do is not good for anything.
Ka-kima-kang go-et toot ta-man ka-wiin kego-im-nap-tis-noon
Everything I do is not good enough.
Kawiin ne-ka keg go-ett toot ta-man shego koy-yuck
Sit down. Shut up. Do what you are told.
Nam-ma-taap. Ka-kee-by-an-doom. To-dum0ya-kai enigo-waan.
I’ll sit on my hands, keep quiet and do what I am told.
Kamiit je-na-mutt-tub ka-pa kindo shego ka-do-than-a-go nan-any- kowan
Windigo grows bigger and darkness eats away the dying light.
Windigo na-wuutch anii-midimdo shego kush-itibick-kuck omii-gin ka-nii keesis kanen-nii-but
Teepee Teaching

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No… wait. STOP!
Ka-wiin peka ke-pit-cheen
Slow down. Listen.
Papeca-catch undo-tun
Enough is enough.
Meminick tago meminick
You are more than enough
Niin meminisk shigo meminick
Keesis Sagay Egette: First Shining Rays

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Wake up my girl. Wake up my daughter. It’s time to wake up.
Waniscan damis asha-chee wan-nish-kay-gun
Do not lose hope.
Kego-wan it-tochan-ya kan-da wand damun
You are more precious and important than you think you are.
Kiin kee kitchee iman-da kosa-peetich na wuttch mee-mick ky im-nan damun
You are brilliant.
Na wuttch ke-nee-paw-ka apeach ky-iman danion
You are good enough.
Ke kitch-mandago
Everything about you is right.
Kiin ka-kim-na keg-go onish-is-sin
Everything will be good in your life when you walk on the path that you believe is your journey here on this earth.
Ka kiin-na-keg-go onish-isin bematizee-ay-yun. Yaa ke teput-tum-un ya-ka pimus-ayun Onna akiin
Ancestors

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The ancestors are watching over you.
Peck-shoo kee-kin nob mick-kook
Whenever you are lost in the darkness or trying to find your way home amidst the pine trees, remember that the medicine and helpers are all around you.
Kespin wanise-nun ima ka-kishkeetepikuk kam-ma ka-kay mick-a-mun unda-iyak wnan nishin un-pimo-say-yun kas-kan-di-gook miitikuck
The grandfathers and grandmothers are walking with you always. They will help you, all you have to do is ask.
Ka kandan ka-kn a-ky kimishomisuck shigo koo-kuck ke-we-chee pimosumick-kook tabida. Ke-we-chee wick-gook kee-sag-kee-kook.
You never walk alone. The ancestors look after you. They love you.
Chee mittchay guet-chee ma-ta-ock. Kawiin nii ka-kee pe-chee go-see
Swept Away

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Help me. I’m lost.
Wii-chii-shin. Nii-wamishin
I don’t know what I’m doing.
Kawiin kee-kand daseen akow-nan ett- toot damun
Help me, I need to know I’m not alone.
Wii-chii-shin. Nodan kand-dan kii-ka apshee-go-wan
Helpers at my Window

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This morning a hummingbird with a bright fuchsia chest came to the window.
No-goom keekisepp amo-pemechae a-onishee-sitt
How strange I thought. It’s much too early. It’s only May.
Kee-ponee ne-wass emi-gu-nig ke chee nana dan-dom
She came to help me.
Ash-m-wega nogoom zaag-iba-gaa eh-kee-pee-wee-chee- wiit
Remembered

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Hummingbird is a messenger and stopper of time.
Amo-peneshee-ence ab-bee weendum mow-witt ka-kina-keggo kee-pee-chee-ma-gut
Hummingbird is a symbol of love, joy and beauty.
Amo-peneshee-ence ep-pitoot-kee-chee ka-goo min-an-do-koon shego kazz-sha-ting
Hummingbirds can fly backwards and forwards, teaching us that we can look back on our past but not to dwell.
Amo-peneshee-ence pa-mashee nee-gan-esh-ee kama-as-ap pmio-pi-say awiin da-ma-go-ing a kingo-ma-ka-wung chee k-neb-dunm-ming ka-kee ish-dee biimatizi-wang kawiin me-me-je-ay-yung
“Just keep going.”
“pishamego chim-matizee-yung”
Messenger of the Past, Present, and Future

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When the hummingbird hovers over the flowers to drink the nectar, she teaches us to savor each moment.
Abee amo peneshee pim-ib-pish-oo tema wabigoon-nee chim-min-nee- guet. Akeen-no-mag ko-wang-chee
Life is good. Live life loving one another.
_imatizee-yung koo-yuck. Pimatizee-win onish-ee-shin shego chee-saga-git-yung.
Hummingbird Medicine

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Hummingbirds teach us fierce independence and to fight where no one gets hurt.
Amo-peneshee ke kin-nown-naa-gow-nan koyy-yuck chee-ezze-matiz-yung phe-go ka-ga-chee mee-gat-ee-yung
Hummingbirds open the heart after hurt has closed our hearts or minds.
Amo-peneshee shego ka-ga chee kee-pum- young kee-ta-che-eman
Hummingbirds teach to forgive and to love again.
Amo-peneshee kee-kim-mog-ma kanan pe-nan-ay-ing a-wee-yay shego to-sag-gay-yung nena-won
Infinity

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Hummingbirds teach us that love is infinite. Love always.
A-kin-og-ma-go-wing pee-cheen na-gow no-goom shego wa-bung. Zag-git-ing tabida.
We are one, we are all interconnected.
Ga-gin-a a-way-aa pes-sig-omo kagim-a-waya oma akin- tach-go pechick
Brother

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Hummingbirds are seemingly tireless. They migrate over 2000 miles every year and always get there.
Amo-peneshee tagish-oo kan-nee-kaa endess no da-sing. Pime-gesh-ow-wa 2000 te-gay gun-nun tabida.
She teaches us, no matter how small, can achieve anything we put our minds to.
Kee kim-og-ma-go-nanpee-koom minick kay-ka chee-kee-pitch-ay-yung. Pee ko-keg-goo kee-chit ta-kusk-kit to-ming kee=spin tha=pet-ta-mun.
Never give up!
Kee bit-chee-yung
Always pursue your dreams.
Tabida ya-ka pim-a-sha amun-ima ke-tay-ang
Always live what you believe is possible.
Tabida pim-mim-a-zay-yan ya-ka-ta pwet-ta-mun
Life is Beautiful

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Whenever you feel Windigo’s gaze or his breath down your neck…
Kespin Windigo mo-shee-yat eg-guno-bimick kama apa-kit-an-na-mut ema okeck-gun
Whenever you feel he is chasing you through the pine trees…
Kespin e-pin sho-wick ima kas-kan-dig-ook mitti-kuck
Whenever you feel lost…
Kespin ko-wan-ish, kespin en-dom-min a-wan-ish-shin
Think of the hummingbird medicine and know that you are loved.
Ma-meek-wan-don amo-peneshee shon-gut mas-kee-kee
You are and always will be- forever loved.
Ke-ta-a-wuck mi-suck-um-mick a-wee chee-kock a-sha-gee-kock
Seven Generations

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Momma

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Painting Title

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Painting Title

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Matriarchal Wisdom

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Sacred Bundle

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Buffalo Spirit

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