Barbara Croall is Odawa First Nations (Giniw dodem, Manidoo Mnissing) and balances her time composing, performing and teaching music, with work in outdoor education rooted in traditional Anishinaabeg teachings, work with aboriginal youth and singing in traditional ceremonies. She graduated from the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany and the University of Toronto. Although the first instruments she learned to play at the age of five were the traditional Anishinaabe wooden flute (pipigwan) and the drum (dewe’igan), she also held a strong yearning to learn other musical instruments and began composing her own music in the oral tradition. Her music has been premiered internationally and across Canada. Barbara is Founder and Director of ERGO Projects/ERGO Ensemble and Women of the Four Directions (WFD).