Chi Miigwech to our Women & Water 2021 Presenters
Dr. Lois DeLong, Turtle Mountain Ojibwe, Dr. DeLong prefers to approach holistic healing through incorporating native traditions such as storytelling, ceremonies, and all forms of energy work based on specific culture. Her Clinical work throughout the years has included training in all areas related to counseling and healing approaches in many states.
James Vukelich, Kaagegaabaw, is a Native American speaker, educator and linguist. He has been recognized as a leading voice in Native Language revitalization efforts and spiritual teachings for two decades. His keen insights on the interconnectedness of language and culture were developed in the field speaking with and recording elders and native speakers of the language (many of whom have since passed on) in Canada, Michigan and Minnesota as part of the Ojibwe Language Dictionary Project.
MILDRED “TINKER” SCHUMAN Tinker’s Native name is Migizikwe, or Eagle Woman. She is a Tribal Elder, Healer, Grandmother, Pipe Carrier, teacher, poet, published author, and artist living on the Lac du Flambeau reservation in Northern Wisconsin. She attended the prestigious Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and has a creative writing degree and a BA in Education.
Paco Fralick, Ojibwe from Lac du Flambeau WI. Paco is a singer/songwriter with a foot in two worlds. His first studio album, Letting Go (2017) garnered critical acclaim, including a Native American Music Award for Song of the Year (“Women and Water”) which he co-wrote with Michael Bucher and a Global Music Award for Best Breakthrough Artist.
Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining) is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth and global healing. She draws upon the Indigenous sciences of Thriving Life to reframe questions about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, Women’s Nation and Men’s Nation, in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life” and upholding the honor of being human.
Lyla June Johnston is an Indigenous musician, scholar and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her dynamic, multi-genre presentation style has engaged audiences across the globe towards personal, collective and ecological healing. She blends studies in Human Ecology at Stanford, graduate work in Indigenous Pedagogy, and the traditional worldview she grew up with to inform her music, perspectives and solutions. Her current doctoral research focuses on Indigenous food systems revitalization.
Diana Moran Thundercloud is considered an Educational Researcher and Critical Race Theorist from her doctoral work at UW-Madison. She has been active on Native Indigenous issues in “Las Americas” regarding issues of environmental racism/justice, violence against women, and immigration/migration. and Native Indigenous “worldviews” as knowledge in community-based learning. She is MEXICA from the Southwest. Western Wisconsin is also home to her family. She is from the Corn Clan. Tarahumara. Chihuahua, Mexico. She is married into her Ho-Chunk family (Thunder Clan). Her adopted tiospaye is Dakota (Black Horse Camp) from Prairie Island, Minnesota where she holds sacred that community. She is considered Traditional. She has various connections to tribal Native Indigenous communities through volunteer work, community work, and as a Traditional woman and grandmother.