Ojibwe Stories

Third Monday of each month at 6pm

Ojibwe Stories is a program of Ojibwe culture, language and ideas, airing every third Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

Ojibwe Stories is produced by Chris Harwood at KUMD and the UMD Department of American Indian Studies.

Ojibwe Stories on KUMD is made possible by Ampers and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

This episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa features four matches from the 8th Annual Ojibwe Language Quiz Bowl held at the University of Minnesota Duluth in late April. The competition featured student teams from many regional and state colleges and universities. Test your knowledge of Ojibwe as you play along with students from Augsburg College, Leech Lake Tribal College, the University of Minnesota Duluth, and the defending champions from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities). Dan Jones, from Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College, is the host/emcee.

Image from ojibwe.lib.umn.edu , an online Ojibwe People's Dictionary.

This episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa features a talk on spiritual growth given by Obizaan [Lee Staples] of the Mille Lacs band last fall at the 2013 Minnesota Indigenous Languages Symposium. Speaking in Ojibwe (with English translations by Chato Gonzalez), Obizaan discusses the importance of embracing the Manidoog in daily life.

 

4/21 Ojibwe Stories - Gaganoonididaa: Spiritual Growth

This episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa features Leslie Harper's keynote address from the 2013 Minnesota Indigenous Languages Symposium last September at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake. She reflects on her experiences creating the Niigaane Ojibwemowin Immersion School on the Leech Lake Reservation, now in its eleventh year.

 

3/17 Ojibwe Stories - Gaganoonididaa: Language Immersion Schools

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood talks with host Erik Redix about the Ojibwe views on winter activities, and also explores rites observed by Ojibwe at the end of life.

 

2/17 Ojibwe Stories - Gaganoonididaa: End-of-Life Rituals

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood talks with host Erik Redix and Brian McInnes about Ojibwe clans in the region, feathers, and provides some thoughts on pow wow customs.

 

1/20 Ojibwe Stories - Gaganoonididaa: Clans, Feathers, and Pow Wows

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood talks with host Erik Redix and Brian McInnes about traditions and changes in Ojibwe Family Life.

 

12/16 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Ojibwe Family Life

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood talks about the history of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, including migration to the area, treaties, and histories of some of the ceremonial drums.

 

11/18 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - History of the Mille Lacs Band

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood talks about drum ceremonies, the different kinds of drums and some of the histories of their creation.

 

10/21 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Drum Ceremonies

What's in a name? On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood talks about the importance of naming in Ojibwe culture, and also explores the significance of dreaming. Joining the conversation is Brian McInnes of Eni-gikendaasoyang - the Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Language Revitalization at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

 

9/16 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Naming

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.

 

8/19 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Wild Rice

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 ongoing changes in Ojibwe culture in areas such as music, dance and traditional regalia.

 

7/15 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Cultural Changes

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 "gifts" -- special skills that people have and offer to the community, such as healing, medicines, naming, craftsmanship, hunting, and singing.

 

6/17 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Gifts

Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa this month features Larry Amik Smallwood, a language instructor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, who discusses (in both Ojibwe and English) about the awakening natural world around us, and the messages that nature gives us. Topics include net-fishing, deer hunting, blue jays, owls, maple-sugaring, and wild rice.

 

5/20 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Listening to Nature

Host Erik Redix talks with Michael McNamara, Orla Kearns, and Louise Gibbons about the challenges of Gaelic language preservation in Ireland. Both internal cultural factors, and the strong prevalence of the English language in their midst parallel the challenges faced with a similar goal in the Ojibwe community.

 

4/15 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - The Irish Language

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.

 

3/18 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Jingle Dresses

Our guest for this program are Ron Boshey and Larry Amik Smallwood.

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