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Jim Dumont, Onaubinisay

jim dumont 2Onaubinisay (Walks Above the Ground), or Elder Jim Dumont, is an Ojibway-Anishinabe of the Marten Clan and originally from the Shawanaga First Nation on Eastern Georgian Bay. He is the Chief of the Eastern Doorway of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge and, as such, is the keeper of the sacred Waterdrum and leader in the Eastern part of Anishinabe Midewiwin Territory.

Jim was professor of Native Studies at the University of Sudbury of Laurentian University for 25 years from 1975 to 2000. He is one of the founders of the university’s Native Studies Department and served for four years as its Chair from 1984 to 1988. He was also part of the founding of the contemporary movement of the Midewiwin Society. During his tenure at the University of Sudbury of Laurentian University, Jim created and taught courses in Tradition and Culture, Native Psychology, Native Way of Seeing, Native Education, and Issues of Indigenous Peoples in the International Context.


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