Miiskwaasining Nagamojig (Swamp Singers) had their beginning in 2009 when Stacie Sheldon and Marsha Traxler Reeves started getting together to sing and drum. Then a third woman, Linda Purchase, joined to sing in Anishinaabemowin and the fun really got going. Margaret Noodin soon lent her beautiful voice and original songwriting in Anishinaabemowin to the group.
Soon many women were gathering once a week, overcoming shyness and learning how to sing in Anishinaabemowin and drum at the same time. Today members gather to share stories, food and ceremony in Ann Arbor, Milwaukee and Newaygo. We’ve seen one another through many changes in life and have gathered in solidarity to protect our language, culture and community on many occasions. As we support each other in our singing and our living, we continue to learn and grow. Members range in age from eleven to eighty and represent Ojibwe, Odawa, Passamaquoddy, Haudenosaunee, Oneida and Potowatomi nations.