This tongue acknowledges the interruption and loss of Indigenous languages also highlighting the re-emerging women’s voices, which were lost as a result of colonialism and in the legislation of the Indian Act in Canada. This maple tongue relates to the history of maple water and maple sugar as a traditional food for Anishinaabe people, while providing a reminder that Anishinaabemowin/language reflects and comes from the land and water of the Great Lakes.
Lisa Myers is an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. She grew up in southern Ontario and is of Anishinaabe ancestry from Shawanaga and Beausoleil First Nations. Lisa works in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario.