Barbara Moktthewenkwe Wall is a Bodwewaadmii Anishinaabekwe of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Shawnee, Oklahoma and a traditional Knowledge Holder. She is a storyteller, educator, professional engineer, writer, and dreamer. Barbara retells Anishinaabe stories to audiences of all ages, weaving together teachings, humour and song. Barbara’s essay “Nokmisag: Bemnigying” is the final piece in the forthcoming Grandmothers and Grandmothering: Creative and Critical Contemplations in Honour of our Women Elders. Wall lives near Peterborough, Ontario where she is a professor teaching in the Indigenous Environmental Studies in Sciences program within Trent University’s Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies. She is a frequently requested guest speaker
Barbara is a mother, auntie, daughter and Grandmother. Her interests include reclaiming, remembering and revitalizing women’s knowledges and practices, and decolonizing education using Indigenous pedagogies. Barbara holds a BS in Geological Engineering from Michigan Technological University, and MS in Civil Engineering from University of California Berkeley. She is on the cusp of receiving her PhD in Indigenous Studies from Trent University. Barbara lives in rural Ontario, where she spends time on and in the beautiful waters, nurtures traditional Anishinaabe foods, and turns sweetwater into maple sugar.