Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa this month features Larry Amik Smallwood, a language instructor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, who (in both Ojibwe and English) talks about the harvesting of wild rice, and the importance of wild rice in Ojibwe culture. Also, Gordon Jourdain gives a commentary about Ojibwe language and education.
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.
Gordon Jourdain grew up in the Ojibwe community of Lac La Croix in Ontario. He is a lead teacher at Enweyang: The Language Immersion Nest on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth.