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There’s an Anishinaabeg word to describe the moment: Biskaabiiyang, which means ‘returning to ourselves’ through regeneration of ancestral knowledge
Sep 29, 2022
Something was missing for Bess Legarde. Anishinaabe, from the Fort William First Nation in Thunder Bay, Legarde grew up in a Catholic family disconnected from her Indigenous roots. At age 12, she discovered powwow dancing.
“I just felt so drawn to it. It was like, ‘this is who I am.’”
Legarde began travelling with another family to powwows. She learned to sew so that she could make her own jingle dresses. She met elders and mentors at powwows who taught her traditional skills, like beading and tanning animal hides.