Waswaaganige: Niswi

Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Lesson 3

 

 

 

aabajichigan — tool
Mii onow aanind aabajichiganan ayaabajichigaadegin waaswaang.
These are some of the tools used when spearing fish at night.

spearing boat

 

boozi — s/he embarks on a vehicle

Booziwag imaa jiimaaning wayaaswaajig.
The spearers will ride along in this boat to spear the fish.

                            

zaka`an — set something on fire 
Wiigwaasi-jiimaan mewinzha ogii-aabajitoonaawaa miinawaa wiigwaas ogii-saka`aanawaa nandwaasigewaad.
Long ago, old-time Indians used birch bark canoes and birch bark torches when they speared.

       

medwebidenig — motor
Niibowa noongom medwebidenig jiimaanan odaabajitoonaawaa waaswaawaad.
Most people will use a boat and motor to spear fish.

 

anit — spear 
Anit o`ow.     
This is a spear.

                    

medwebideg-biiwaabiko-jiimaan — motor boat
Medwebideg biiwaabiko-jiimaan o`ow. spear
This is a motor boat.

                          

waasakonenjigan — lantern
Waasakonenjigan o`ow.
This is a lantern.
                                   
bajiishkaa — be pointed               
Niiwing bajiishkaa o`ow anit.
This spear has four prongs.
           
naanan — five                  
Naaning bajiishkaa o`ow anit.
This spear has five prongs.
           
onizhishin — it is good                  
Onizhishin niibowa bajiishkaag anit. Gaawiin da-gidiskaakwiisiin a`aw giigoo.

It is necessary to have many prongs on your spear, so when you stab a fish it will not come off easily.

 

niibaa-dibik — in the night  
Zakaasige nandawaabamaad niibaadibik ogaan, imaa dimiimagasinook. 
He uses the light to find the walleye in the dark shallow water.