Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa this month features a story (in both Ojibwe and English) by Larry Amik Smallwood, a language instructor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, about Ojibwe jingle dresses. Also, an interview with Ron Boshey, a great-great grandson of John Beargrease, who talks about the significance of the opening ceremony of the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.
Our guest for this program are Ron Boshey and Larry Amik Smallwood.
Ron Boshey is the great-great-grandson of John Beargrease. He offers the prayers and the pipe ceremony at the beginning of the race and he is part of the Burntside Lake Singers. Recently, he invited KUMD's Lisa Johnson into his home to talk about his great-great-grandfather, the power of prayer, and how the music of the drum can bring people together.
Larry Amik Smallwood grew up in Aazhoomoog, the Lake Lena District of Mille Lacs. He has worked as a language instructor for the Minneapolis Public Schools, Nay Ah Shing School, the Leech Lake Tribal College, and the University of Minnesota - Duluth. Since 1999, he has served as the director of language and culture for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.