Carefully crafted by Mandi Montour – Tkwasit Mamalis
Length: 4.5 cm
Width: 3 cm
Member of the Lenape/Delaware Nation on Six Nations of The Grand River. Mandi is mixed heritage Lenape/Delaware, Mohawk, Anishinaabe, Irish and German.
Mandi grew up in Welland, ON. located in the Niagara Region in a big, diverse family that allowed her to grow and learn about her Culture, traditional teachings, beliefs and values by travelling to family on Six Nations and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and to extended Cree Family in Northern Ontario and Québec’s Cree territories.
Mandi was named Tkwasit Mamalis after the Deer which translates to Gentle Fawn. She is a member of a large family and Community of hunters and gatherers that strive towards Food Sovereignty and the Perseverance and Protection of Treaty Rights to hunt, fish and trap for Six Nations and beyond. Much of the organic material that is harvested from these hunts is the media for Mandis’ work.
A busy Mother of 2, Wife and Daughter, Artist, Crafter and Workshop facilitator for her Own business; Sweet Dreams and Native Things, she always takes time to teach anyone that wants to learn as traditions can only be carried on if they are passed to the next generations.