Rod Nettagog, Ojibwe (Makwa Dodem/Bear Clan) – Performer
Rod (Minaade Sin Aankote/“Bluestone Cloud”) is from Henvey Inlet First Nation and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. He has been singing, dancing and drumming for over two decades. He is regularly invited to powwows, aboriginal cultural eventsand for in-school presentations with the Bluestone Cloud Drum throughout Ontario, and he has been powwow MC in the French River area. Rod has also been a featured Guest Artist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, performing along with composer/musician Barbara Croall (Odawa) in her orchestral work Midwewe’igan (Sound of the Drum), as a Lead Singer/Drummer/Actor in her theatre production Gookom’s Purse, and as ‘Bear Man’ in the world première performance of her orchestral theatre work Wezoowaad Anang (Shooting Star) honouring the memory, life and contributions of Shawnee leader, Tecumseh. Rod also portrayed a ‘warrior’ in the documentary film, A Desert Between Us and Them: South Western Ontario During the War of 1812—commemorating the role of First Nations in the War of 1812.
Rod has been a Cultural Facilitator/Outreach Worker for Niwasa Headstart Program, and Cultural Support Worker for the Nya;weh Program at Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School, Parkview Secondary School and Cathedral High School (Hamilton, Ontario). He continues to share about the culture throughout the community, teaching traditional drumming and singing at hosted events and local schools. Rod sits on the Youth and Elders Committee at the Aboriginal Health Centre in Hamilton (De dwa dehs nye>s), and also sits on powwow organizing committees in the Hamilton area (including ‘Protecting Mother Earth’) and in his home community in Northern Ontario.
Rod teaches drumming from the core traditional values and teachings about the traditional ‘Grandfather Drum’ and its role for the community: what the drum held in the past for our ancestors; what it holds today for our youth, families and wellness; and what the drum carries toward the future for First Nations and Aboriginal peoples. Rod and his drum group, Bluestone Cloud, can be heard regularly on the powwow circuit throughout Ontario.