My name is Nokomis. I’m an Ojibwa artist and storyteller who grew up in the bush almost seventy years ago. The literal translation of my name means “the great mother” for Nokomis was the spirit who created the Ojibwa in the world. In another context the word can mean grandmother. The name was given to me by my elders at a naming ceremony when it was apparent to them who I would be in this lifetime.