Miigam’agan and gkisedtanamoogkMiigam’agan & gkisedtanamoogk have been working for over three decades honoring peace and friendship relations between nations.

Originally from Burnt Church, New Brunswick and Mashpee, Massachusetts, they currently guide the LongGreenHouse project, bringing together Indigenous traditions of the Longhouse with Permaculture practices, and helping to develop local and global networks of trust and friendship.

Miigam’agan

I am a member of the Mi’kmaq (Micmac) Nation, founder of the Elders and Youth Council, and cofounder of the Wabanaki Nations Cultural Resource Center, the Miingignoti-Keteaoag, the Esgenoôpetitj Mi’kmaqesk women’s council, and Anikwom WholeLife Center. Apart from my activities as a Still Water Research Fellow at the University of Maine, I am also affiliated with the Wabanaki Confederacy, New Brunswick Native Women’s Council, Elders and Youth Council (Burnt Church New Brunswick), Esgenoopetitj Mi’kmaqesk (Burnt Church New Brunswick), Wabanaki Language Immersion Program (St. Thomas University), Aboriginal Rights Coalition Atlantic (centered in New Brunswick, Canada), and Tatamagouche Center (Nova Scotia).

My life-work is dedicated to supporting empowerment for women, youth, families and communities and preserving and teaching Wabanaki culture and spirituality. By also volunteering and serving Clanmothers/Elders throughout Wabanaki and Turtle Island, I advocate the culture and values of physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Both my husband and I are very committed to good relations in our family life and lives of others by role-modeling respectfulness within ourselves and for everyone. Participating in the rich experience of our People’s traditional knowledge and practices is the fundamental piece in our work for community wellness. Our communities are faced with overwhelming social problems. Substance addictions, lack of education, poverty, premature motherhood, family violence–these facts paint a disturbing and distorted image of our People. Yet it is not our culture that has created this frightening reality–it is the absence of our cultural teachings and traditions that hurt us. The assimilation process, as experienced by our People and many other Native Peoples, has wreaked havoc. We have come to believe that help must come from within.

gkisedtanamoogk

I have many years experience in ‘creative’ ways to bridge the socio-political polarization of the Indigenous Nations of Turtle Island and the newcomer nation-states of North America. It is a remarkable process still unfolding, but with some encouraging signs. My professional background is in human and community development and my interests include Law, History, and Spirituality. i am Wampanoag from the Federation of the Pokaunauket and practice the Ceremonial Life of my People; i am Otter and Turtle Clan; married with three Children; Education and Cultural Specialist and co-founder of the Anikwom Wholelife Center in Maine whose work and proximity correlates to the Wabanaki Confederacy Territories; i am currently adjunct faculty and Still Water Research Fellow for the University of Maine at Orono.

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