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Wild Rose

Mishiikenh Kwe (Autumn Smith)

Anishinaabe, Caribou Clan / Magnetawan First Nation

Wild Rose honours the memory of my grandmother, Eminawaangozidkwe-ban of Rabbit Island on Wikwemikong Unceded reserve. That name was given to her by her sister-in-law shortly before she passed on. It means “woman who brings good feelings.” Before that she had a different name, which meant “evening rose woman.” My grandpa used to call her Rose.

She did bring good feelings, my grandma. She was funny and liked to laugh. She told me once that Rosehips were called Gizhiibiigdiyemiinan in our language, and I thought she was joking around—because that would translate to “Itchy Bum Berries.”

Later I learned that if you don’t clean out the little hairs inside the rosehips, they really will make your bum itch!

This piece captures the good feelings my grandma would bring to everyone who was lucky enough to know her.

Mishiikenh Kwe (Autumn Smith) is Anishinaabe from the caribou clan, and a member of Magnetawan First Nation. They are a prolific, self-taught Woodland painter and digital artist who began selling their work in 2016. Autumn cares deeply about authenticity in their research based practice, citing their grandmother Yvonne Smith (Peltier) of Wikwemikong as their biggest inspiration and most important teacher. Recently, Mishiikenh Kwe has completed work for the Ontario Arts Council, ACCO brands/Hilroy Canada and the National Film Board.

LunarFest GTA is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, that is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered on this land, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose arts and stories inspire us to bring communities together.

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LunarFest GTA is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, that is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered on this land, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose arts and stories inspire us to bring communities together.

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