The Festival and Its Name

Ode’min Giizis (pronounced o’DAY-min GHEE-zus) is the sixth moon of the Anishinaabe calendar. It marks the beginning of summer, the longest day of the year, and the harvest of the strawberry in June. The root word of ode’min is “ode”.  “Ode” signifies the heart in Anishinaabemowin (the Anishinaabe language). As the strawberry resembles the shape and colour of the human heart, it also represents the sweetest and kindest of emotions that bring people together to feast and exchange ideas.

The Ode’min Giizis Festival celebrates this auspicious time of year and traditional Anishinaabe territory with a five day multi-disciplinary arts festival in Peterborough, Ontario featuring local and visiting artists from the four directions. OKW and Public Energy invite you to come out to experience a diversity of Indigenous artistic expression and events – including the community procession, the traditional gathering, gallery exhibitions, performance art, talks, dance, storytelling, theatre, and music concerts.

Festival Philosophy

Each of the presenting artists is unified by a strong self-determined aesthetic that honours traditional lands, culture, and knowledge while also pushing boundaries in their own respective art forms. Artists will share their work and their dynamic processes in an effort to stimulate greater dialogue and cultural understanding through the arts. Events will take place at various downtown venues and will be co-presented by local arts organizations in a spirit of creativity, unity, and the sweetness of the strawberry