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Ojibwe Language & Culture Take Center Stage in Andrea Fairbanks' Work

By Kate McDonald

Andrea Fairbanks, Bagwajikwe, is Leech Lake Anishinaabe. She is a mother, above all else. She is also a multifaceted artist, Ojibwe language revitalizationalist  and teacher. She began acting when Rhiana Yazzie found her in a coffee shop singing karaoke in 2006. The first play Andrea has ever written, titled My Only Sunshine, was about the birth of her beautiful daughter Mizhakwad. 

Andrea Fairbanks is a featured artist in the June 2019 event,Art Is…CreativeNativeResilience. At this event, Marcie Rendon brings together three Anishinabe artists to perform contemporary artistic works in a showcase of the collective resilience of who we are as a people. Jada Brown sings her heart out. Andrea Fairbanks dances and moves about the lifeforce of our language over attempts to destroy us. Sir Curtis Kirby III brings his directing skills, along with the Ikidowin Youth Theater Ensemble. 

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Special Thanks: Anishinabe Academy
Production Team: Kate McDonald, Ryan Klabunde, Jim Kron, Joe Demko.

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