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Traditional Anishinabenini Tim McGregor visits classes, sharing about traditional dance 

May 24, 2023 

Tim Mcgregor Drayton May 2023Earlier this month Naokwegijig (Tim McGregor) visited classes in several Upper Grand DSB schools, to share his knowledge and teachings of jingtamok.  

McGregor has been involved with jiingtamok, sometimes known as pow-wows, for many decades. He received teachings from Elders and Veterans over the years, and his parents and grandparents had a large influence on his traditional upbringing.  

Throughout the week of May 15 to 19, McGregor visited schools in regions across the board to share about the history of jiingtamok, different dance styles, and styles of regalia.  

During one visit, McGregor spoke to students about his regalia, and about how it is not a costume. “When I have my regalia on, that’s me,” said McGregor, “and when I have jeans and a t-shirt on, that’s me.”  

He also discussed how his regalia has evolved over the years and will continue to evolve. The regalia he showed to students featured intricate beadwork, some beaded pieces taking four months to complete.  

McGregor has been working in the board for the past two years as the Anishinaabemowin language nest teacher for Indigenous families. 

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