On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Brian McInnes talks with Obizaan [Lee Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and Chato Gonzalez about their apprenticeship model of passing on language and traditional ways, and the vital importance of preserving that knowledge for future generations.
Obizaan [Lee Staples] is a first language speaker raised in Aazhomog where only Ojibwemowin was spoken. The family in which he was raised was totally immersed in a traditional way of life. As a result, Obizaan has the ability to do most of the ceremonies given to and practiced by the Ojibwe people. He is drum keeper in Aazhomog and runs a Mide Lodge in Mille Lacs.