Miigis Gonzelez

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Assistant Scientist

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Dr. Miigis Gonzalez (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe) is an Assistant Scientist for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for American Indian Health, Great Lakes Hub. Her research is grounded in her values, beliefs, and personal experiences as an Anishinaabe woman, mother, and leader. Her research promotes Indigenous language and culture as the means to improve wellbeing among Indigenous peoples. Her work supports what is innately understood among Indigenous people – that language, culture, and spirituality are inseparable components of Indigenous wellbeing; and that we cannot deny contemporary experiences of loss and disconnection. As a new faculty member, she hopes to utilize research and the resources of Johns Hopkins to create new opportunities to increase access to Indigenous language, culture, and wellbeing for Anishinaabe peoples.

In addition to Assistant Scientist, Miigis is a parent (with her three children) of Kokonaan Endaad (Grandma’s House), an Ojibwe language nest. Kokonaan Endaad brings together parents, babies, and elders in a cultural, immersion setting to revive the language, the culture, Anishinaabe parenting practices, and ultimately, to raise a new generation of first language speakers. Miigis is dedicated to engaging her young family in cultural and ceremonial spaces because it is within these spaces that Anishinaabe teachings are alive and transferable.  

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