Indigenous Arts Committee
Catherine Tammaro, Chair
Taomesre ~ People of the Little Turtle, Wyandot of Anderdon Nation; Wendat Confederacy
Catherine was born and raised in Toronto and the US. She has a 50-year history of art making, including painting, fine art, award-winning design, theatre, soundscape/installation, musical collaboration, jewellery making, illustration, photographic/written journalism, extensive photo based digital collage and graphic works. She is an enrolled member of, seated Faith Keeper; Little (Speckled) Turtle Clan and the former Communications Officer for the Wyandot of Anderdon Nation. She has been working with the academic community of late and is currently and was recently involved with several projects such as The Daughters of Aataentsic, the Star Collective, Red Embers, Walking With Our Sisters, and others. Catherine is Akin Collective's Premiere Indigenous Elder Artist in Residence, the Chair for the Children’s Peace Theatre Council, is the Elder for the Toronto Indigenous Business Association, the Taiaiako:n Historical PreservationSociety and is involved with the Indigenous Land Stewardship Circle. She is a visiting Elder at OCADU and Ojibiikaan and is working with many agencies, city wide and beyond, to advise and facilitate art making/teaching workshops, as well as maintaining her own art practise. She has presented papers at Universities in Vancouver, London, Toronto and Tahlequah, Oklahoma and she attends and helps facilitate ceremonies across the Wendat Confederacy. She is also working on her upcoming installation for Crawford Lake Conservation Area in 2021. Catherine is a not only a mentor and community Grandmother but is also a perpetual student and teacher of Indigenous spiritual teachings and oral traditions as they pertain to our connection to the sacred multiverse.
Zainab Amadahy is of mixed race background that includes African American, Cherokee, Seminole, Portuguese, Amish, Polynesian and other trace elements. She is an author of screenplays, nonfiction and futurist fiction, the most notable being the adequately written yet somehow cult classic “Moons of Palmares”. Based in peri-apocalyptic Toronto, Zainab is the mother of 3 grown sons and a cat who allows her to sit on one section of the couch.
Michael White is currently at the University of Toronto as the Special Projects Officer, Indigenous Initatives office. He’s the Vice President for the board at Miziwe Biik, Employment and Training and holds an Honours B.A. focused in Specialist in General Anthropology from University of Toronto. He’s an experienced Executive Board Member with a demonstrated history of working in the government relations industry.