Waawiyaatanong: From The Ashes, She Rises

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Hadassah GreenSky is a Anishinaabe (LTBB Odawa) artist and multi-instrumentalist living in Detroit, Michigan. She is a graphic designer and painter, as well as a bead worker, dancer, seamstress, and fashion designer, having learned through her experience dancing in powwows, and hand-making regalia and beadwork. She is a community organizer and model, having modeled for a viral photo taken July 1st, 2020 at the base of the old Christopher Columbus statue in Detroit. She is also the premier female Native jazz vocalist in the Detroit area, having attended The New School in NYC for jazz vocal performance and studying under the top jazz educators in Detroit. Having a focus on her own heritage, she began to organize within the urban Native community, giving her important skills and connections to help bring her community together. Hadassah is a curator, focusing on events for the underserved urban Native community. She is the co-founder of Vibes With The Tribes and the Waawiyaatanong NDN Market. 

The piece is called “Waawiyaatanong: From The Ashes, She Rises” 

The piece is done in traditional woodland style medicine painting as pioneered by Morval Morriseau. This piece is full of Ojibwe medicine stories, and spirit lines connect all of the water and plants and animals together to bring things back to the way they should have always been.