Miigwech for starting the conversation!


makwa [Bear]

This graphic tee was made in collaboration with Anishinaabe artist Luke Swinson.


Luke is an illustrator and muralist currently residing in Kitchener, Ontario . A member of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Luke’s work reflects his desire to better understand and reclaim his Indigenous culture. He seeks to promote cultural education and preservation through his art projects.

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"Makwa is the very first word I learned in Anishinaabemowin. Bears are courageous protectors and healers. Their knowledge of plants and medicines is essential to their survival. These selfless guardians protect the life of their communities and lovedones. There are so many things that can be learned from these beautiful creatures."

- Luke Swinson
Visual Artist

Syllabics are at the forefront of our designs to indigenize colonized spaces. We encourage support from non Indigenous allies to help us start the conversation and draw attention to the beautiful Indigenous languages across Turtle Island.