Anishinaabe

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we listen to Obizaan  [Lee  Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and Chato Gonzalez, Obizaan's apprentice and translator. 

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we listen to Obizaan  [Lee  Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and Chato Gonzalez, Obizaan's apprentice and translator.  In this two-episode series, Obizaan talks about what he calls the three different "camps" in Ojibwe culture: the "traditional" camp, the "lost spirit" camp, and the "hang around the fort" camp. 

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we listen to Obizaan  [Lee  Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and Chato Gonzalez, Obizaan's apprentice and translator.  They talk about the influence of European Americans that – intentional or otherwise – caused cultural changes to the Anishinaabe way of life.

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we listen to Obizaan [Lee  Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.  He talks about the value that Anishinaabe culture places on respecting the wholeness of the human body when considering things such as blood donations and transfusions, organ donation, body piercing, vasectomies, tattoos, amputations and surgical alterations.  He also stresses the importance of respecting each other's differences, to not tease or bully those with different identities or lifestyles.

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we continue our conversation with Obizaan  [Lee  Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and Chato Gonzalez, Obizaan's apprentice and translator.  They talk with us today about healing the Anishinaabe community by honoring and returning to traditional ways.

Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa is produced by KUMD and the Department of American Indian Studies at UMD, with funding provided in part by the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, and by The Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have a conversation with Gordon Jourdain, who grew up in the Ojibwe community of Lac La Croix in northwest Ontario.

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have a conversation with Gordon Jourdain, who grew up in the Ojibwe community of Lac La Croix in northwest Ontario. 

  On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have a conversation with Gordon Jourdain about ethics in Ojibwe life, how they are taught, and how they are seen in comparison to European/western ethical models.  Gordon Jourdain grew up in the Ojibwe community of Lac La Croix in Ontario.

Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa is produced by KUMD and the Department of American Indian Studies at UMD, with funding provided in part by the UMD College of Education and Human Service Professions, and by The Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have a conversation with Gordon Jourdain about his recollections of his family's activities in the late summer and fall seasons.  Gordon Jourdain grew up in the Ojibwe community of Lac La Croix in Ontario.

Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa is produced by KUMD and the Department of American Indian Studies at UMD, with funding provided in part by the UMD College of Education and Human Service Professions, and by The Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood and host Erik Redix talk about making maple syrup. 

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.

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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.