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Ode'min Giizis (strawberry moon) is the sixth moon of the
Anishnaabe calender. It marks the beginning of summer, the
longest day of the year and the harvest of the strawberry
in June. The root word of ode'min is ode, which signifies
the "heart" in Anishnaabe language. As the strawberry
resembles the shape and colour of the human heart it also
represents the sweetness and kindness of emotions that bring
people together to feast and exchange ideas.
The Ode'min Giizis Festival will celebrate this auspicious
time of year and traditional Anishnaabe territory with a four
day multi disciplinary arts festival in Peterborough, Ontario
featuring local and visiting artists from the four directions.
The O'Kaadenigan Wiingashk
Collective and Public Energy
invite you to come out to experience a diversity of Indigenous
artistic expression and events from a uniquely Aboriginal
perspective - including gallery talks, film presentations
and a music showcase.
Each of the presenting artists are unified by a strong self-determined
aesthetic that honours traditional lands, culture and knowledge
while also pushing boundaries in their own respective arts
forms. Artists will share their work and their dynamic processes
in an effort to stimulate greater dialogue and cultural understanding
through the arts. Events will take place at various venues,
and will be co-presented by local arts organizations in a
spirit of creativity, unity and the sweetness of the strawberry.
sits on traditional territory of the Anishnaabe and is originally
named and known as Nogojiwanong (Place of the end of rapids).
For thousands of years this region was known as a gathering
spot where different tribes, families and leaders would converge
to exchange ideas and knowledge. Sites such as the petroglyphs
and Aboriginal oral traditions confirm this regional history.
Today the original territory of the Anishnaabe has been reduced
and severed into three distinctive First Nations in the area,
however most Aboriginal peoples recognize the traditional
boundaries of the Anishnaabe peoples.
The graphics on this website are based on work by Christi
Belcourt. Website design by Kerry Day.