This tongue acknowledges the interruption and loss of Indigenous languages also highlighting the re-emerging women’s voices, which were lost as a result of colonialism and in the legislation of the Indian Act in Canada. This maple tongue relates to the history of maple water and maple sugar as a traditional food for Anishinaabe people, while providing a reminder that Anishinaabemowin/language reflects and comes from the land and water of the Great Lakes.
Lisa Myers is an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. Myers has a Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University. Her recent work involves printmaking, stop-motion animation and performance. Since 2010 she has worked with anthocyanin pigment from blueberries in printmaking, and stop-motion animation. Her participatory performances involve sharing berries and other food items in social gatherings reflecting on the value found in place and displacement; straining and absorbing. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in venues including Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Peterborough and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her writing has been published in a number of exhibition publications in addition to the journal Senses and Society, C Magazine and FUSE Magazine. She is currently an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Myers is a member of Beausoleil First Nation and is based in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario.