Ojibwe Stories

  Our guest on this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa is Gordon Jourdain, who grew up in the Ojibwe community of Lac La Croix in Ontario.  We have a conversation with him about teaching Ojibwemowin – the Ojibwe language.

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.

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Minnesota Native News Special:               

Monday June 22 at 7pm, KUMD shares a Minnesota Native News special presentation. The Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission report officially recorded the inhumane practices of the Canadian Indian Boarding School system and the historical trauma of indigenous people. Movements for truth and reconciliation in the US are now emerging.  Listen for more on this issue from Erma Vizenor, Chairwoman of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and Professor  Michael McNally.

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Dan Jones shares with host Erik Redix an amusing story about miscommunication, and some thoughts on storytelling.  The first 12 minutes of the program are Dan's telling the story in Ojibwe, followed by his retelling of the story in English.

Dan Jones is from the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation in Ontario and is an Anishinaabemowin ("Ojibwe language") teacher at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Minnesota.

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.

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, host Erik Redix has a conversation with Dan Jones about his life growing up in Ontario, his family, and the practices of traditional storytelling.

 

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Dan Jones is from the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation in Ontario and is an Anishinaabemowin ("Ojibwe language") teacher at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Minnesota.

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Erik Redix has a conversation with Don Wedll, former Commissioner of Natural Resources for the Mille Lacs Band, about the landmark 1999 U.S. Supreme Court decision that reaffirmed the off-reservation hunting and fishing rights of Ojibwe Bands in the region.

 

12/15 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Reaffirming Treaty Rights

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, we have a conversation with our own host Erik Redix about the 1894 murder of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe ogimaa (chief) Giishkitawag, also known as Joe White. Redix's new book, The Murder of Joe White: Ojibwe Leadership and Colonialism in Wisconsin was published this September by Michigan State University Press.

11/17 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - The Murder of Joe White

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, host Erik Redix has a conversation with Professor David Beaulieu, the new Ruth A. Myers Endowed Chair in UMD's Education Department, about his research and the future of American Indian Education.

 

10/20 Ojibwe Stories: Dr. David Beaulieu

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, UMD professor Brian McInnes talks with host Erik Redix about his latest book project, Between the Lines: The Stories of Francis Pegahmagabow, a biography of his great-grandfather, an Ojibwe man many-times decorated as a WWI soldier.

 

8/18 Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - Francis Pegahmagabow

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

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.

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

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