Honouring Elders and Anishinabek Artists: Connecting Art and Tradition
It’s about a place of healing. I believe many years ago the late 1400’s that place in Thunder Bay was a place of healing and prayer. You see the Sleeping Giant and also see the Grandmother on the mountain facing the Giant. You also see Mount McKee ,they called Thunder‘s nest.
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.