Hugh McKenzie, Canadian Ojibway Artist
4o yrs experience in Originals, Prints, and Art-Cards
My Spirit name is Zaagiidgeaway Gabo (Standing near the top of a hill). I am 68 year old Ojibway
Elder, artist , Musician & Traditional Healer from Temagami First Nation Bear Island On, P0H1C0
I lived my early childhood in the traditional native way on our family trap-line on Lake Temagami,
hunting, fishing and Trapping. During the winter months I learned about our lifestyle and spiritual ways through the Elders
and Medicine People, Storytelling and spiritual teachings were given to me by my Grandfathers, Grandmothers and parents.
This was the beginning of the "Seven Grandfather Teachings". During
these early years I also understood how family lifestyle teachings were the strengths to help us into adulthood. I watched
as my childhood friends were taken away to resident school by the Indian agents and policeman. This would have a deep affect
on me for the rest of mylife. When they returned home I saw their emptyness and low self worth and lack of interest in family
lifestyle and spiritual culture and growth. I lost many of my best friends to suicide.
I Believe our Sacred Healing
Ceremonies and the Seven Grandfather Teachings is the true healing path to help guide us to forgiveness of ourselves and others.
The path of recovery of old values and traitional spiritual ways will help all people who seek Oneness with our Creator.
I struggled with my alcohol addiction for 40 years, it was through the Sweat-Lodge, Healing Lodge and Sharing Circle Teachings,
that I was helped and came around to self awareness, honesty and acceptance of my self and my personal commitment and belief
in our Creator. I will celebrate 19 years of sobrity this year I have participated and facilitated in many different teaching/healing
events, sweat Lodge , healing Lodge, Sunrise Ceremony , hand drumMaking, Sacred Pipe
Ceremonies and I continue to follow the 12 step recovery program.
I use my art and music as tools for "Healing with Art and Music" in art classes that I
teach throughout different communities, schools
and Cultural Centres on and off reserves. I have been running my own art gallery from our home on Bear Islandd reserve for
the past 20 years.
I reside with my wife Victoria, who
is also a traditional Healer, Helper and Teacher and has had her own successful healing practice for the past 20 years. we
share and practice our NativeTeaching together and offer healing and spriitual guidance in our community, as well
as travel to other communities both native and non native.
To further my Teachings as an Elder I have an Ontario College Dipolma from Canadore
College North Bay Ontario, I completed the Indigenous wellness and Addictions Prevention Program, I am a Certified Native
Drug and Alcohol Counselor.
In Native Teaching all living things are connected, each with a speical part to play within Creation.
The Canadian Geese
have always been held in high regard as teachers of unity and direction.
striving to keep alive
the sacred Traditions of always returning to their rightful place in Canada.
Back" to old values and family ways.
Hugh has submitted
some symbols depicting " It Shouldn't Hurt to be a Child" these symbols are now used
by Social Services to bring
awareness to families in need of help.
In Native Teachings all living things are connected each with a special part to play within Creation.
The Canadian Geese have always been held in high redard as teachers of unity and direction,
Striving to keep alive the Sacred Traditions of always returning to their rightful place in Northern Canada.
"Keep Coming Back" to old values and family ways.
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