Rene Meshake: Conversations in Anishinaabemowin

Rene Meshake is an Anishinaabe Elder, storyteller, visual and performing artist, award-winning author—Injichaag: My Soul in Story—University of Manitoba Press 2019, flute player, multimedia artist and a Recipient of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. By blending Anishinaabe and English words into his performances, he communicates his spiritual heritage and poetics. His education includes: Creative Writing from the Humber School for Writers, Anishinaabe oral tradition, language, arts and culture. He has an active on-line presence as a Funky-Elder.


A 10-minute introductory Anishinaabemowin lesson video. The video is about Rene and Danaki, the Talking-Hamster, and Mansinas, the Model meet up and converse in Anishinaabemowin as they watch Rene complete a sketch of Danaki. The act of sketching Danaki inspires oral storytelling in a group. Their responses tell stories, both intentional and subconscious. Their emotions are expressed through improvised songs or dances. I believe that Cartoon Animation is a perfect medium for teaching Anishinaabemowin and it’s fun!

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