Kwey, kwey! My name is Tim Yearington. I am a traditional teacher and knowledge keeper. I am also a storyteller and counsellor. I help people learn KitchiZibi Algonquin medicine ways to improve their well-being. As a descendant of the KitchiZibirini - Great River People - the teachings I share are from my ancestors who've been here since the last ice age.
The KitchiZibi is my ancestral territory from Mattawa to Ottawa Canada. Today the KitchiZibi is known as the Ottawa River Valley. In our way of knowing, this is where our 'Good Medicine' began from just four things; the Sun (fire), the Rock (earth), the River (water) and the Sky (air). As these four elements mixed together, the Spirit of Life was created.
In addition to teaching and counselling, I'm often asked to speak at public events, gatherings and professional conferences. I present to schools, colleges, universities, organizations, government agencies and churches. I provide storytelling sessions to share traditional KitchiZibi Algonquin knowledge. The themes I teach and speak about are:
Ancestors and Manitous
Medicine Men and Shamans
Traditional Algonquin Legends
The purpose of my work is to bring attention to the beneficial value of Algonquin knowledge, teachings and medicine ways. This wisdom can help our current society learn to how explore and embrace Indigenous perspectives and solutions. Native teachings help us to be conscious and considerate of the reality that, "We're all Native to the Earth." My work aims to help empower people to see and be who they truly are.