Elder, Stanley Thomas talking about fishing, roles people played and about Polar Bears in the area of  Fort Severn First Nation

Honouring Elders and Anishinabek Artists:  Connecting Art and Traditions

Elder Stanley Thomas of Fort Severn First Nation

Ice-fishing and Polar Bears

Artist:  Jordan Quequish

Jordan Quequish is Anishinaabe, Sturgeon clan, from North Caribou Lake First Nation (Weagamow) in Ontario. Painting in the Woodland style.  Jordan bases his work on traditional Anishinaabe teachings, stories and legends. Jordan has been painting from a young age, and was first inspired as he watched his dad draw. Jordan’s artistic talents were mentored by Saul Williams, noted Woodlands artist and former member of the Triple K CoOperative. Jordan’s grandparents taught him the language, stories, and legends of his people, and how to live off the land. Active in the community. Jordan is a busy father, leads drum circles, makes hand drums, is a traditional singer, and active in other ceremonies. Jordan has also been a volunteer member on the youth councils of NAN, AFN and the Chiefs of Ontario.  Jordan also provides art classes for children and youth to communities in the North.  Jordan’s parents are Jimmy and Edna Quequish and survivors of residential school.  Jordan’s father Jimmy was a part of the ‘60’s scoop, and was originally from Whitedog, North of Kenora.  His original family name was McDonald.  Jordan’s mother Edna is from Kingfisher Lake, and her maiden name is Winter.