Authors: Amy Shawanda*,
Topics: Cultural Geography, Water Resources and Hydrology, Political Geography
Keywords: Water, Geography,
Session Type: Paper
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Indigenous People around the world have multilayered understandings of connecting with the land through the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of their lives. I will explore the concepts of embodied geographies as resurging pregnancy and maternal care.We embody the knowledge our ancestors who walked the land and are then buried in soil, thus becoming part of the landscape. Our Indigenous landscape is part of the sacred geography such as family because we have grandfather sun and grandmother moon. The Anishinaabeg understood that water is life; it protects the babies in our womb, and that life on Earth thrives when our communities are sustained with water. In this presentation,I will demonstrate the importance of the earliest relationships we have with water and resurge traditional methods in the birthing process and the placenta ceremony that grounds us to a place and space. The purpose of this qualitative study is to investigate the teachings that surround Anishinaabe women’s pregnancy and maternal care. Further, I will discuss the teachings behind the embodied ceremonies and understand how traditional teachings are being incorporated into setting the important groundwork for Anishinaabe binoojiinhsag (Ojibwe/Odawa babies) and their mothers. This study is grounded in Anishinaabe pedagogy that also engages with the Anishinaabe methodology.