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Wellness is more than just an absence of disease.

It's physical and mental health, and as Native people are moving forward in their journey toward that health, they're doing so by looking backwards: back to the cultural and natural landscape that kept them well long before the time of frybread.

B A Bowen Photography (via Flickr)

  On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have a conversation with Nancy Jones, a respected elder from Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation near Fort Frances, Ontario.  She has worked for many years as a teacher and cultural advisor for schools and language revitalization programs in Ontario, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have a conversation with Leona Wakonabo and Gerri Howard.  They grew up on the Leech Lake Reservation and currently work at the Niigaane Immersion School in Leech Lake.  They are also one of the elders working for the Ojibwemotaadidaa Adult Immersion Program.  Our discussion is about the seasonal activities in their community when they were growing up, including fishing, making maple syrup, and looking for signs in nature.

Dr. Melissa Walls

When Mike Connor agreed to conduct some interviews with doctors, families and people who have diabetes in the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, he knew the information he was helping to gather for the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth was going to be important.

So many people on the reservation near Nett Lake have diabetes that it's one of the things ambulance drivers are required to ask about when they arrive to help someone.

But he didn't expect the "side effects" of the research: helping people with diabetes feel less isolated and alone.

For much of history, its accounts have been written by men - white men - for men.

So only one voice was heard and only part of the story was told.

In this history of the Red Lake Nation, commissioned by Red Lake band itself, author/historian/Ojibwe linguist Anton Treuer draws on material from the Red Lake archives, made available for the first time.

It's not only history from another voice, telling another part of the story - "We are much more than  the sum of our tragedies" says Treuer -  it's an entirely new way to think about the research and writing of history.

©Stacy Rasmus Photo used with the permission of Billy Charles and Lawrence Edmunds

The University of Minnesota is looking for nationally-recognized researchers and leaders in their field to head four teams focused on solving health issues important to Minnesota and the nation.

It plans to create four Medical Discovery teams, recruiting prominent researchers in four areas of medical discovery.

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  This episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa is the second of a two-part conversation with Justin Boshey, who shares with us knowledge about many topics, including many of the sprits that inhabit and guide the Ojibwe, the four parts of the Ojibwe identity (soul, spirit, body, and clan), the Ojibwe rock paintings, the grandfather teachings, and the significance of water at the beginning and end of the life journey.

Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke on restoring ethics to public policy, competing ethoses and how to convince "humans to do good things, not just for the one percent, but for all of us."

By (US DOI) Office of Indian Affairs staff - US DOI now-defunct sub-agency: Office of Indian Affairs, Public Domain

As our series on privilege continues this week, we've talked to guests who both sides of the issue: they're people of color, on the one hand; but men, on the other.

Lisa Herthel-Hendrickson is an enrolled Anishiannabeg from Wisconsin, who has lived in Duluth for many years and graduated from UWS with her bachelors in sociology and native studies this last year.

I asked her which is harder: to be a woman or to be Native?  Her answer?  Neither is as hard as poverty.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we have a conversation with Justin Boshey, who shares with us knowledge about the creation of the ginoozhe (the northern pike), and the beginning of the clans.

Justin Boshey is a member of the Lac La Croix First Nation, and is a traditional knowledge carrier, former chief, and first speaker of the Ojibwe language. Justin is a talented musician, speaker, and workshop facilitator. He presently resides at the Northwest Bay (Naicatchewenin) First Nation with his family.

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  On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we visit with Patricia Ningewance from the Ojibwe community of Lac Seul in Ontario.  She is an Ojibwe Language Instructor at the University of Manitoba, and is the author of Speaking Gookom's Language and other books on Ojibwe language education.  

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.

©Ivy Vainio. Used with permission.

Peter David was just another nice German-Polish kid from Green Bay until he finished college and took a job as a biologist for the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission based in Odanah, WI.

There, tribal elders and ricers showed him a lifeway that didn't give humans dominion: in fact, just the opposite.  Because people depend on plants and animals for sustenance, they should in fact be humble before other forms of creation.

Singer/songwriter, artist, member of the Leech Lake Ojibwe, former marine, and mom; Annie Humphrey is all of these things. She joined us in the studio January 8, 2016. She had a CD release show the same night at the American Indian Community Housing Organization in Duluth, with a display of her art work. Annie performed for our Ojibwe Then and Now concert last year; find the audio under "Related Content" below.

Photo by Rennett Stowe

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.

Courtesy of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Center, University of Minnesota Duluth Library

Unless it has something to do with the Fond-du-Luth Casino ... or being targets of racism, many Native people in Duluth feel they're invisible.

It was that desire to educate modern-day Duluthians and visitors about their history, their culture and their contributions that prompted the Duluth American Indian Commission (now the Duluth Indigenous Commission) to undertake an extensive study of just those topics.