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Conversations in Pipigwan Flute with Rene Meshake

September 30, 2022

A digital painting by Rene Meshake. Various colours swirl together in an abstract galaxy-like shape.
Banner Image: digital painting Gishigong Ebi: Sky Beings by Rene Meshake

Participate in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with Ojibwe multidisciplinary artist and residential school survivor Rene Meshake. Rene will present Conversations in Pipigwan Flute, a presentation of Anishinaabe storytelling, poetry, music, and song.

Did you miss the live event? Watch the recording of Rene’s presentation via our YouTube channel:

About Rene Meshake:

An Ojibwe funky elder, visual and performing artist, award-winning author, storyteller, flute player, new media artist and a Recipient of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Rene works to fuse Ojibwe and English words into his stories, poetry and spoken word performances, Rene communicates his Ojibwe spiritual heritage to the contemporary world. He was born in the railway town of Nakina in Northwestern Ontario and was raised by his Okomissan grandmother. His education includes: Anishinaabe oral tradition, language, arts and culture.

Rene has a diploma in Graphic Design from Sheridan College and a certificate in Creative Writing from the Humber School for Writers. Rene’s body of artwork, stories and his flute improvisations create a strong, expressive, and entertaining presentation for an ever-increasing audience. He also has an active on-line and performing presence as a Funky-Elder and his ‘virtual’ band, The Firebolt Ensemble.

portrait photo of Rene Meshake. He is wearing a hat, glasses and beaded, fringed jacket.

Culture Days Event

From September 23 to October 16, celebrate arts, culture and creativity at free events in Guelph and beyond

Where art meets heritage meets a passion for the natural environment, That’s So Guelph! Our creative community embodies values that define Guelph – curiosity, compassion, innovation, collaboration, diversity, environmentalism, and activism. Their work entertains and challenges, beautifies and reveals, charms and inspires, remembers and aspires – and will be on full display daily during Culture Days, all around Guelph, in heritage buildings and contemporary concert halls, in galleries and online, in parks, on trails, and by the river. Come discover what makes us uniquely “so Guelph.”

Visit That’s So Guelph! Culture Days Hub for local event listings.

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September 30, 2022
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