Marie Gaudet (Ojibwe) is a
member of Wikwemikong First Nation of Manitoulin Island, Ontario.
She works for the Gaa dibaatjimat Ngaashi-Stay in School Program,
where she leads Aboriginal youth in creative writing and audiovisual
projects. Gaudet writes storybooks for young children. In a collaboration
with her mother, Ojibwe language instructor Rose Logan, she has
written two books designed to teach children Ojibwe, Moo iisikaag,
the Cow Is Going to Bump Me, and Ode'min keng—Picking Strawberries. Both books are accompanied by cassettes of Logan
speaking Ojibwe. The two women have written a third book with
Gaudet's daughter, Dakwaakin, entitled My Special Ceremony.
Gaudet teaches Ojibwe singing at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre,
and traditional dancing and shawl-making at the Native Woman's
Resource Centre in her hometown of Toronto. She has been a member
of the Eagle Heart Drummers and Dancers since 1986.
"I love working with youth. They are so creative and inspiring.
It is my wish to open up doorways of opportunities that the past
generations have not had."
Screened by NMAI
Marie Gaudet - courtesy of the filmmaker