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.