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Ask An Elder

An intimate online experience for individuals or small groups to engage with, ask questions of, and learn from Indigenous Elder Duke Redbird.

Myseum of Toronto and Elder Duke Redbird brought back Wigwam Chi-Chemung, this time to an online and physically distanced format.

Throughout the summer Elder Duke Redbird hosted, “Ask an Elder”; an intimate online experience for individuals or groups of families/friends to engage with, ask question(s) of, and learn from Elder Duke Redbird’s perspectives.

Questions could pertain to things such as Indigenous culture, Indigenous history, Toronto’s waterfront, etc. No question was too big or too small (or too simple or complex).

These intimate sessions happened via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays and were by registration only. Only one person was required to register on behalf of a group.


Elder Dr. Duke Redbird is an established Indigenous intellectual, poet, painter, broadcaster, filmmaker and keynote speaker, he brings his breadth of cultural knowledge and artistic practice to the benefit of a global audience. Dr. Redbird was instrumental in the implementation of innovative multimedia, technologies and beyond, bringing an Indigenous approach to art education that was rooted in his pioneering work at OCAD University. Dr. Redbird’s legacy stretches far beyond his work in Canada. His art has been exhibited and his poetry has been published and translated in anthologies around the world.

Since 2014, Dr. Redbird has been the Indigenous Arts Consultant for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and is the Artist in Residence at the Urban Indigenous Education Centre.

In November Duke will deliver a keynote to faculty and students at MIT in Boston, where he will speak about the creative influence of the Indigenous lens and technology.

Ask An Elder

07 Jul 2020 –
27 Aug 2020

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