Mariette Manigouche

Mariette Manigouche is an Ilnu from Mashteuiatsh. She was raised in the woods, in close contact with traditional Pekuakamiulnuatsh life, and is a fluent speaker of Nehlueun, her native language. She has passed on her knowledge of her territory, its traditions and its language to her children. She works as an artisan, making mostly moccasins and leather objects such as bags. For many years she worked as a companion to elderly people in her community, and as a result learned a great deal about its culture and traditions. Today she takes care of her family, including her children and grandchildren. She has previously participated in several research projects connecting universities with native communities. Passing on native traditions to the youth of her community is very important to her.