My Telling

Cha Mao Zah


 Cha Mao Zah/A Time Past

All of my family feels a symbiotic relationship to the Canadian bush.

Shining Tree or Wasakwagama was/is a place of family history, of home.

Several decades ago I started carving out in Tobermoray at the

Cha Mao Zah Indian camp.  Janet English and  her husband

Wilmer Nadjiwon owned and operated the camp

with a collective vision of education and celebration

of native people’s history.

Nadjiwon is a Master carver, Elder and

former Chief of the Cape Croker Chippewa peoples.

I carved alongside Nadjiwon,

William Bondy, Harold Rice and others.

This was a time of sharing stories while working 

in and on the trees.

Hours of often silent voiced focus

accentuated by the woodpeckers strikes echoed by


mallet and chisel.

This exhibition communicates my history

and is my telling

of Cha Mao Zah.

It tells a time of sculpture speak.