I was born under the sunlight glimmering over the horizon in Brandon Manitoba as the dawn broke across the world to breathe a whispering glimpse of a sigh. I was taken away when I was 5 along with my then 1 year old sister and placed into a foster home; a Mennonite community of farms in rural Manitoba country. Later I was adopted and grew up in Ontario. I've traveled a bit overseas and have settled for the time being in Ottawa.
I love to write, draw, tell stories, exaggerate and make you smile and I aspire to be the force that changes the world for the better; which means being the best person that I can imagine, all the while learning from my own challenges and remembering that perfection isn't achievable; but I wish. .
I enjoy working, but I don't live to work.
I believe that we as people should judge ourselves, by how we treat those society perceives as the least worthy people, I've been one of those forgotten people and if I want change to happen then it needs, must breathe to sing within me first. Also it helps that my true name given to me by Creator is Oshkabay'wis and I strive to live up to that name, which means ";Helper".
Keeping that in mind I'm the President of the Odawa Native Friendship Centre and am in my second elected term at that volunteer job. Life is amazing, life is grand, life is horrible, life is hard but life is giving and all we need to do is try . . . (sometimes really frickin hard too)
I'm am also a Nakawe writer/artist/filmmaker/poet/graphic novelist and Social Service Worker! (bit of breath to said all that) I draw superhero/sci-fi graphic novels, dragons and B/W portraits; I incorporate my heritage into each piece of artwork.
I am spiritual believer, in the traditional beliefs of my people: Creator, the Seven Grandfathers and the Medicine Wheel.
I know my colors, my clan, and my name.
I try to carry semma with me always.
I'm a non-smoking Nish with a lust for life that is softly present wherever I go.
All my relations.
Name: Neal Shannacappo
Lives in: Ottawa, Canada
Occupation: Actor, Director, Filmmaker, Illustrator, Screenwriter, Storyboard Artist and Author
Unique traits: First Nations