About Author - Judi Merle
For many years, Judi sat at the feet of Algonquin Nokomis Fay Hollywood, which led her to work with the Kataroqui Indigenous Health Council, the Grandmothers Council, as well as the Limestone and Algonquin Lakeshore School Boards. As a leader of women and teacher of youth, she has been sharing Indigenous perspectives and inclusivity for more than twenty years in correctional facilities, places of worship, hospitals, government offices and schools from primary to university.
Since childhood, Judi has been a family historian and amateur genealogist. With an extensive database of family lines, she connects people with their cultural heritage, as she continues to research her own Indigenous, French and German ancestors. As well, Judi is committed to reclaiming and sharing Indigenous arts, such as drumming, beading, leather work and language.
It was her love of music which led her to form a drum group, Sisters of the Drum, who through engagement with the community have been promoting unity and healing for twenty years. The group has traveled through Ontario and northern US and produced three CDs of traditional hand-drum medicine.
Judi lives with her husband, Paul, in southeastern Ontario. In this, her first novel, she weaves her love of storytelling, genealogy and Indigenous wisdom to give a glimpse of the past, while opening the door to the future. She is a mother of three and grandmother to eight.