My name is Hugh McKenzie; my spirit name is Zaagiidgeaway Gabo (Stands near The top of the hill), from Bear Island Temagami. I am an artist of 45 years, Traditional Elder, Ceremonialist, and Certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor.
I lived my early childhood in the traditional native way on our family trap-lines on Lake Temagami, hunting, fishing and trapping. During our winter months I learned about our lifestyle and spiritual ways through the Elders and Medicine People. Storytelling and spiritual teachings were given to me by my Grandfathers, Grandmothers and parents. This was the beginning of the “Seven Grandfather Teachings”. During these early years I also understood how family lifestyle teachings were the strengths to help us into adulthood.