Tim Yearington is a "mixed-blood" of French-Canadian-Voyageur and Algonquin ancestry. His ancestors are from the Kitchizibi (Great River) territory which today is the Ottawa River Valley. In addition to being an Algonquin-Métis traditional knowledge keeper and presenter, Tim is also a bird shaman. In this role he is an educator, teacher, storyteller, artist, writer and is also a published author of two important books.
While experiencing personal challenges, Tim realized he needed to find his lost Native roots. Guided by the spirits of his ancestors, he learned about the teachings of the manitous, the four directions and the power of the thunderbirds. Encouraged by this he followed his personal vision and blazed a trail that lead to sharing traditional knowledge with others.
Tim's first book,That Native Thing: Exploring the Medicine Wheel was published in 2010 by Borealis Press in Ottawa. Illustrated by his artwork this book has helped many people learn how to utilize a more circular, wholistic way to wellness by embracing Algonquin teachings. Tim's second book Quest for the Thunderbird Nest - Returning to Algonquin Spirituality was published in 2019. It is the true life story detailing his own journey of becoming a bird shaman or thunderbird. This book, too, was published by Borealis Press in Ottawa, Canada
Tim uses his rock-solid foundation of traditional knowledge to assist people and help them find direction within their life by learning how to embrace the practices of shamanism at sacred sites in the wilderness. Tim also shares the Kitchizibi "thunderbird medicine" teachings through storytelling, speaking engagements and empowerment presentations.
Tim has seasoned experience working with people from all around the world. He has taught educators, teachers and students and still gives presentations at colleges and universities. He has taught Algonquin "Medicine Ways" to many counsellors, social workers, psychologists, mental health workers, doctors, nurses and health care providers.
Tim is a wise educator and a powerful speaker. He is an enlightening teacher of Algonquin Traditional Knowledge and Bird Shamanism. He resides in Kingston, Ontario, but still travels to spend personal time within his home Kitchizibi Territory along the Upper Ottawa River.
For more detailed personal information please read Tim's Trail.