Ima Johnson

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Tekahkhwa (Picking it up)
Ima Jean Johnson (nee Skye)
Ionerahtokha 4, 1940 – Ionerahtokha 20, 2019

Peacefully at home, Tekahkhwa began her journey back to our Creator surrounded by family and friends. She will be greeted there by her parents David and Marjorie Skye, father and mother in law Frank and Edith Johnson, brother Leroy Smoke, sister Christine Skye, daughter Elizabeth Skye, granddaughter Lindsay Skye and grandson Carney Johnson who have all passed on ahead of her. Loving wife for 55 years to Manuel Johnson. Beloved mother of Danny, Louis (Deneen), Tom (Clara), Wayne (Danielle), Wendy (Gord), Gary (Brenda), Sandy, Tammy, Wanda, Bill (Tara), Connie (Cleveland) & devoted daughter Anita “Deats” Hill. Cherished grandmother of 40 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Loving sister of Melvin (Arliss) and Kelvin (Sharon). Sister in law to Leslie Hagyard, Jim (Romaine) deceased, Welby (Linda), Ambrose (Joan), and Ron (Hazel). Medicine friend to both Hazel Johnson and Kylee Johnson. Ima was the head Faithkeeper at Lower Cayuga Longhouse. She was a founding member and teacher at Kawenniio Mohawk Immersion. She worked diligently for many years passing on her knowledge of Haudenosaunee languages and culture to everyone who wanted to learn. She held the “Elder in Residence” title at McMaster University and “Indigenous Knowledge Keeper” at Six Nations Polytechnic. Visitation will be Sunday after 12 pm at the homestead (3346 Fourth Line) Funeral Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 11 am, Lower Cayuga Longhouse. Followed by reception at Six Nations Polytechnic. 


Posted by Jenny Bomberry on
With sincere condolences onnur loss...she passed a lot of knowledge to a lot of ppl...will miss her presence in community. :(
Posted by Rathahonni on
O:nen ki wahi tsi ni:iore tentsitewa
Posted by Jane on
Nyaweh Sohgwitisoh for letting us have the experience of love and friendship with Tekahkhwa. This beautiful soul brought much laughter and happiness to so many of us. The stories and sharing of self was unselfish.
To the Johnson family my heart knows your heart in losing a momma, just know and trust she is still very much a part of your lives. Talk often of the good times and even the bad times for she will need to know you are all ok.
To Manny Nyaweh for sharing your wife, I, our community, our Nations are so grateful. May you still feel her love and comfort through your days ahead.
Posted by Judy Davis on
My sincere condolences to the families and friends of this wonderful lady. I’m thankful I had the privilege of knowing Ima and thankful for all she has given to my family and our community. Ima you will be missed but not forgotten.
Posted by Lesley Paulette on
My sincere condolences to Mr Johnson and all the family. Thank you Ima for letting me and my children and grandchildren into your life. And for sharing your kindness and generosity and your wonderful sense of humour. I will sure miss our visits when I am next back to Six Nations. I wish I could be there now to say goodbye. Nia:wen ko:wa.
Posted by Barb Miller on
Condolences to the family. Nya:weh for sharing her time with the community that allowed her to teach and share her knowledge with us.
Posted by Daniel Coleman on
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Ima Johnson, Tekahkhwa, and I wish to pass on my greetings to her family upon her loss. I am one of the many, many people with whom she shared her lifetime of knowledge about language, tradition, culture, and what it means to have a good mind. One of the first times I met her, she was working on Mohawk and Cayuga language dictionaries with Lottie Skye in those portable trailers that served as their office. Wherever she was, she shared her knowledge generously with everyone around her: children, students, neighbours, teachers. She served as Elder-in-Residence at McMaster University, where I work, and I saw the kindness and gentleness that she gave to young people, some of whom were far away from home and some who felt out of place at university. She cared for regenerating traditional knowledge, and also for how people went about the process of learning. She wanted everyone to share a good learning spirit, Onkwehonwe and non-Onkwehonwe alike. I'm deeply grateful to have met her and to have had the chance to learn from her. She will be greatly missed.
Posted by Raman Grewal on
My sincere condolences to Ima’s family, she was an amazing woman. She had provided great insight on the Indigenous community for my class at Wilfrid Laurier University, she taught us so much from speaking to our class. It is sad to see her go but I hope we all remember her and everything she has taught us.
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