The word akki in Anishinaabemowin or Ojibwemowin means Earth. I have always had a connection to the Earth since I was child. It was only recently that I reconnected to a place where the land is home. This place happens to be in Northern Michigan or Anishinaabe Territory where I now live.
Northern Michigan was not a place I was seeking. In fact this is a place that came to me and then called me back again and again. From 2000 to 2009 I moved 20 times to move for school, work or just to follow my heart and take a risk. I was in Seattle in June of 2008 when during meditation I could see my ancestors on the shore of Lake Michigan. I knew within my heart that I was being called home by them. As painful as it was at the time I followed my heart back to Michigan.
The lore and legend of the land here fills my spirit up with so much light. My culture is all around me. I am in a place where I am honored for who I am. The forest, lakes, rivers and the land are beautiful and bountiful. I am never alone here because I am surrounded by the land, water, my ancestors and my culture. Every day as I engage with the land here I can feel the healing power of it in my heart and soul. I am so glad to be home.
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