Larry Amik Smallwood

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have conversation with Obizaan  [Lee  Staples], a spiritual advisor for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and Chato Gonzalez, Obizaan's apprentice and translator.  Obizaan talks about the passing of Mille Lacs elder and longtime Ojibwe Stories contributor Larry Amik Smallwood.  Obizaan conducted Amik's funeral in April, and he discusses teachings about our journey to the spirit world.  Obizaan also discusses growing up with Amik in the Aazhomog community.

KUMD is saddened by the passing of Larry Smallwood [Amik], a longtime contributor to our program Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa.  We send our thoughts and condolences to his family, and to the many people in the community who benefited from his wisdom and guidance.  Amik grew up in Aazhoomoog, the Lake Lena District of Mille Lacs, and served as the director of language and culture for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.  He also taught Ojibwe language at many institutions, including UMD.

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood talks with host Erik Redix about the Wild Rice season, and the importance of respecting its gifts.

 

9/15 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Wild Rice Season

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood talks with host Erik Redix about growing up in the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in the 1950s and 1960s, then his journey away from, and eventually back to the region.

 

7/21 Ojibwe Stories - Gaganoonididaa: Growing up in the Mille Lacs Band Community

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood talks with host Erik Redix about approaching elders, and the role of traditional ceremonies in the Ojibwe community.

 

6/16 Ojibwe Stories - Gaganoonididaa: Ceremonies

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

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