Algonquin Elder Albert Dumont
Albert Dumont, “South Wind”, is a Poet, Storyteller, Speaker, and an Algonquin Traditional Teacher. He was born and raised in traditional Algonquin territory (Kitigan Zibi).
Albert has dedicated his life to promoting Aboriginal spirituality and healing and to protecting the rights of Aboriginal peoples, particularly the young.
He has published five books of poetry and short stories and two children’s books, written in three languages. Several organizations, both native and non-native, are currently featuring his poetry in their promotions, among them are the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health and the Native Veterans Association.
"When the cedar is gone
Who then, will speak of our spirituality
When the oak is gone
Who then, will speak of our strength
When the maple is gone
Who then, will speak of our generosity
When the birch is gone
Who then, will speak of our creativity
When the pine is gone
Who then, will speak of our legends"
From the book "Of Trees and Their Wisdom" 2009 by Albert Dumont
I had the honor and privilege of working with him first 2013 and again 2019. He said to me “Our meaning is to become good ancestors” and that message has stayed in my heart since our first meeting and I have shared that message to the people I meet.
My deepest gratitude goes to Eric Bawden
and Leta Pedersen for making these events possible. I would be lost without you. Kiitos.
Simple, deep truths - Algonquin Elder Albert Dumont in discussion with Dalva Lamminmäki, a keeper of Finno-Ugric Shamanism and traditions.
Recorded 27 April 2013 outside of Greely, a southern part of the city of Ottawa.
Video by Greg Macdougall
August 31st 2019, Ottawa, Canada
"Simple, deep truths - Algonquin Elder Albert Dumont in discussion with Dalva Lamminmäki, a keeper of Finno-Ugric Shamanism and traditions" Video by Greg Macdougall
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