(Blackfeet, Piikani) Mary Ellen's Blackfeet name is "Nawaksaaki". It means "Holy Plant Woman", (referring to the tobacco pods used in the Sundance). She was born in Browning, Montana, and is enrolled in the Blackfeet Tribe, in U.S.A., and the Piikani Nation, in Canada. She was raised in the tradition of her Grandparents, and teaches both, language and culture. Mary Ellen has been a teacher for I.T.G.S. since 2008. With a strong community spirit, Mary Ellen sings, and is dedicated to strengthening the entire Society!!