Traditional Ojibwe Culture by Cheryl Boyd, Blue Star Eagle Heart Woman
Speaker's Biography: Cheryl Boyd, Ozhaawashkwaa Ahnung Migiziodeikwe (Blue Star Eagle Heart Woman) is a Wisdom Keeper for the Ojibwe Medicine Wheel, Healer, Sun Dancer, Jingle Dress Dancer, and Hospital Chaplain. She is from the Makwa (Bear) Clan and the Waawaashkeshi (Deer) Clan. Cheryl is an enrolled member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of Baraga, MI and now resides in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. She is a descendant of Chief Mamongazeda (Big Foot) and his son, Chief Wabejeeg (White Fisher.) Moreover, Cheryl has a vast knowledge of the Ojibwe culture. She has been learning from many elders for several years and has used these sacred teachings to help others to connect to Ojibwe Customs and spirituality. She has been leading sacred ceremonies for the past 11 years. Cheryl leads water ceremonies/walks, healing circles, drumming circles, and naming ceremonies. She also does presentations at schools, hospitals, 4H programs, etc. Additionally, during the past 4 years she has been enjoying her role as preacher, singer and drummer for the Native Services at St. Mattias Episcopal Church in Minocqua, WI. Prior to receiving her calling to become a ceremonial leader and healer one of her major accomplishments included attaining a Human Services Degree from North Central Tech. College. In conclusion, Cheryl has been evolving her role as healer by recently opening a new healing center called Eagle Heart Healing in Rhinelander, WI.