The Horned Owl (l'hibou) appears in times of Change. Owl is not an ominous beacon but a messenger of change, alerting us so we can prepare to meet a new situation in a loving way, with patience and respect for healing that may occur. Healing is a word with many meanings. To me, healing is Changing in a Positive Way. This thought inspired the naming of HibouBisous.ca (“Owl-Kisses”). We are all contributors to positive change, in ways big and small, just by doing what we are capable of with consistency and love. HibouBisous is dedicated to the survivors, the tradition keepers, and the healers who are uplifting their selves, their families and their communities through traditional teachings, arts and culture. What you will find at Hibou Bisous:
Workshops in Canadian traditions, art, and cultural well-being
A Chance to make positive change by purchasing hand-made items from traditional Canadian artists, as well as art by Canadians with disabilities in our Store
Profiles of Canadians who use art to tell a hidden story
Spirit teachings that contribute to healing on personal, family, and community levels
A blog with the occasional article by a minority artist, healer or knowledge keeper
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Kalyn Kodiak – Metis femme & herbalist, Cultural teacher, Weaver & Artist
Ni sekason Kalyn Kodiak. Ni oma ochi Mohkinstis. Ni famille, les Delormes, oma ochi White Horse Plains Manitobah. Ni aen dokteur di raasin. Ni aen aapihkayhk di sayncheur flayshii. Ni oma les Mechif. Otipem so nan! Kahkeyo ni wahkoma kahnahk. - A Mechif Introduction Tansi! I am Kalyn Kodiak, a Metis herbalist, artist and weaver from Calgary, Alberta. Teaching and healing are my favorite gifts to share. Herbs, Tradition and Art are my tools. I am grateful to have descended from a lineage of wonderful healers and teachers, who have each informed my practice in their own special way. I am very lucky to have the words of my ancestors and the elders of my community to teach and guide me. Major themes in my work include belief in the healing power of traditions, building strong communities from the inside, radical acceptance of self and each other, and respect for the earth and all our relations. Art, in the form of weaving, is a spiritual commitment and a joyful, affirming act that helps me build patience, resourcefulness and adaptability. Visiting the Kootenay Brown museum in Pincher Creek to see my great-great grandmother’s art was the catalyst that made me want to keep these traditional practices alive. Because I get so much joy from my culture, I lead workshops to encourage others to connect with their culture and practice traditional arts as a tool for growth. I am grateful to be a member of various minority groups, each of whom have taught me valuable life lessons. My communities and the reclamation of my culture as a Metis person have been the healing I needed. Through radical acceptance, I know who I am and how to live my path in a colonized Canada, while contributing to my community in a meaningful fashion. Today I work as a healer, encouraging people to live in a good way. It is my honor to serve Spirit through art and the preservation of the Michif culture. Ni nanaskomon!
Through culture we remain connected to the many that came before us.