Born in 1973, Janis Ottawa is the mother of three grown children. She lives in Manawan, where she teaches Atikamekw at a grade school. Janis is passionate about her culture, particularly its crafts (beading, sewing) and dance. At pow wows she takes on the role of protectress of the Earth. When she dances, wearing traditional dress, she caresses Mother Earth with the fringes of her garment. Her steps are precise and controlled; she is careful not to destroy the life below her feet.