Waabishka Kakaki Zhaawshko shkeezhgokwe AKA Amy Desjarlais
(White Raven Woman with Turquoise eyes)
Wasauksing First Nation
Amy currently works at York University as knowledge keeper and traditional counsellor for the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services. She also sits as an executive board member at the Centre for World Indigenous Studies. Amy is founder of the EarthTALKER Anishinaabemowin Gabeshi, an annual language camp hosted at Wasauksing First Nation.
In 2003, Amy founded, EarthTALKER, a magazine focused on women and families. In 2008, Amy is the recipient of the FNTI/Ryerson University Practicum Award for Theory of Interconnectedness – An Indigenous perspective on political decision-making. Amy has an MA in Culture & History; her thesis, Emptying the Cup: Healing Fragmented Identity, explores an Anishinawbekwe (female) perspective on historical trauma and culturally appropriate consultation and is published by the Centre for World Indigenous Studies’ Fourth World Journal. In 2014, Amy published her first non-fiction full-length book, Starblanket – A mother’s gift to her son. Later that year Amy release a three song EP entitled: Sacred Water Journey. In 2018, Amy released her first full-length hand-drumming album, Gaate Zaagi’in – Everything. When she is not writing, Amy facilitates cultural workshops and drum circles.
The Way of the Drum
Documentary on Women, Family and Drumming
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