My name is Macheshuu Neeganagwedgin and I am eleven years old. My name Macheshuu means Fox in English and my last name Neeganagwedgin means to lead. My last name comes from my mooshum. He died before I was born, so I never got a chance to meet him, but I love him. I love my name very much. I love that both my first and last names are in my language. My mom said the name was given to me by my kookum. I love my kookum. Her name is Theresa Bird and she is now an ancestor. I love my ancestors. When I grew older, my kookum told me that my name meant Fox.
I love my mom and dad and two younger brothers and I love playing tag with my brothers. We play games such as tag inside of our home and I love that. Sometimes my mom and dad play tag with us too. I love to Smudge. Sometimes we have a Smudge ceremony at my school and we Smudge in our home too.
At my school I take NSL (Native as a Second Language). My mom wanted me to go to a school where I could take NSL. Oneida is the language taught at my school. I love my Oneida teacher. I love my Cree language and culture. I love Native people. When I see other Native people I feel happy.
I love the EA (Educational Assistant) at my school. I love that she works with me everyday and cares about me. She is kind and compassionate and she helps me a lot. I love playing video games — it keeps me connected with my friends. One of my favourite games is Minecraft because I get to build and create things. I love to build buildings and create different rooms. I love that I get to play video games with my friends who I met when we moved from Western Canada. I lived in Edmonton before with my family and I love Edmonton. I love my uncle John too. I love it when it rains and sometimes my brothers and I get to play in the rain. I love Grandfather Thunder and Grandmother Lightning.
I love the food that the Creator provides for me and the clothes I wear. One of my favourite foods is wild rice and I also love frozen yogurt. I love that Red Rising Magazine has given me the chance to talk about love. One thing about myself that I love very much is my hair. My hair is long and I wear it in a braid. I love it that way because it makes me feel good and strong and I am proud about who I am. Sometimes I have to teach people about why I wear my hair in a braid.
Macheshuu Neeganagwedgin is 11 years old from the beautiful community of Constance Lake First Nations in Northern Ontario, Treaty 9 territory. He currently lives and attends school in Southwest Ontario.