aanii, boozhoo and hello there.  yes this is the twinravens blog and i’m the writer: Mark Seabrook, from the Spanish River Indian Reserve or Sagamok as the Anishnabe know it.  Sagamok is at the mouth of the Spanish River, up there in the beautiful La Cloche Mountain Range.  truth is i’m very rarely back there.

as for yours truly:  i’m a visual artist!  i’m out here in the back country of Tehkummah, on beautiful and peaceful Manitoulin Island, the place of my childhood.  i love it out here on the island.  it’s peace baby.  i was away for 20 years, mostly in the city and…  well the truth is i just got tired of the city life.  tired of a lot of things actually.  so i quit my job.  sold my house.  uprooted my family and dragged them all out here to this hundred year old farm house in the wilds where there is zero light and noise pollution.  we have the Manitou River flowing right through our front yard.  very nice.  quite loverly actually and healing too.

said farm house:

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with the Manitou River running through the front yard:

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ah yes…   home:  a place of peace.  and a place for healing.

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a place of poems:

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a place with zero noise and light pollution:

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she is up there, in those rooms, on a summer night, an evening in the country where i call home.

here is a little time line of those 20 years:

1987: graduated art school.

1989: graduated university.

1990/91:  Debajehmujig Theatre Group, Wikwemikong: 4 Ontario tours and 1 national tour (Toronto at Dreamer’s Rock) and wrote “20th Century Indian Boy” which the company toured in 1993 (90 plus shows!).

1992/95:  N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre, youth teams.  Co founded Ndodamnama Drama Team which produced the one act play:  Dream Catcher (50 plus shows!  Including the Northern Story Telling Festival, Whitehorse, Yukon!)

1994:  Poetry published in “Steal My Rage”, Douglas and McIntyre.

1995:  member of the Crossroads Cant Collective: performance poetry group based in Toronto and published by Broken Jaw Press.

1995/2000:  Musician with the recording and touring group:  No Reservations.  Recorded 2 albums (“Necessary” and “Hollywood Indian”), was nominated for a Juno Award, an Aboriginal Music Award and toured throughout Canada.

2000:  graduated university.

2001/08:  Instructor, Woodland Jungle School, First Nations Special Services.

2009:  Wabano Health Centre, youth teams.

2010:  Moved back to the Range:  Paradise on Earth, Tehkummah, Manitoulin Island.

2010/11:  Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, art therapy teams.

2011/present:  Owner/operator, twinravens.com:  paintings, art classes, presentations and special services.

2018:  Outlander, Season 5.

2019:  Self published:  SUN INFINITY MOON, a horror story…

so that’s the dealio in 7.5 inch heelios.  my other interests include time well spent on the land, sea and air.  basically your standard issue Anishnabe with a touch of assimilation.