Kanina Terry is an Anishnaabe-kwe with an Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) mother and a white father. She was born and lives on her mother’s traditional lands of Obishikokang (Lac Seul First Nation) - in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. She is passionate about her son and family, food, hide tanning and creating things with her hands. Kanina finds inspiration from her teachers, ancestors, bush life, Indigenous artists and knowledge holders and is determined to reclaim knowledge and skills denied to her as a result of assimilation, colonialism and residential schools.
After a lifetime of love for the smell of smoked, home-tanned moose hide, Kanina began tanning deer hides in 2017. She has been learning, working with hides, and sharing what she learns since then. In 2021, Kanina successfully tanned her first moose hide. Working with hides has given Kanina a connection to her maternal grandparents, who both passed away before she was born and had the skills and knowledge to tan hides.
Made by Kanina
Kanina began creating as a youth and has been learning and defining her techniques since then. She uses various techniques and materials to create one of a kind wearable or useable items.
A trained chef, former caterer and culinary arts instructor, Kanina has been working with food, specifically Indigenous foods, recipe development, education, resources and systems since 2013.