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PAGE15MAZINAIGANSPRINGSUMMER2013AbozhoLeviTadgersonNdizhni-kaaz.Todaymanyofourfirst-speakersaretakingonhugeresponsibilities.ItsatimewhenoureldersarecarryingthelastofwhatitmeanstobeAnishnaabeg.Theseelderscarryourlanguageourteachingsallofourbeliefs.TheycarrythelastofwhatwassmuggledbyourNokamisagandMishomisagthroughtheattemptedculturalgenocidewageduponourpeople.Sadlytheonesthatarehold-ingallofknowledgeforusarequicklywalkingon.LastyearinSaultSte.MarieMichiganatAnishnaabemowinTegoneofthelargestAnishnaabelanguageconferencesinexistenceoneofourfirstspeakerswenttothehospitalforheartcomplicationsandactuallystartedhisfour-daywalkintothenextworld.OurteacherswillnotbehereforeverwithoutactionalltheknowledgeofourAnishnaabegidentitythattheycarrymaybelost.Languageadvocatesrecognizethatifthisyoungergenerationdoesnttakeituponthemselvestoreclaimitourlanguagecouldbegonewithinthenext30years.Onaveragealanguagedisappearsfromthisplanetevery14days.OutofallofthenativelanguagesthatexistedinNorthAmericabeforecolonizationlessthanfiveofthemareexpectedtosurvivethenext50yearssomedialectsofAnishnaabemowinareamongthoseexpectedtosurvive.Thatbeingsaidwemustrealizethatnowisthetimefortheyoungergenerationtotakeituponthemselvestoresponsiblyacquireandpassonourhistoryandculturesothatwemaysecureahealthyfutureforthoseyettoarrive.ThisismythirdyearwithGLIFWCasalanguageassistantworkingontheDabaajimowinMazinaiganOurStoriesbookwhichisscheduledforreleaseinsummer2013.AlargepartofmyjobhasbeensittingdownwithsomeofoureldersfromtheGreatLakesregionandcollectingAnishnaabeDabaajimowinanourtraditionalstoriesthatdealwithwhywelivethelivesweliveusingmultipletraditionalAnishnaabeperspectives.AllofthesedabaajimowinanwerecollectedinAnishnaabemowinandwillbeaccompanyingthebookintheformofanaudioCD.MycolleaguesandIhavecommittedhundredsofhourstranscribingandtranslatingatotalof40dibaajimowi-nantogiveourgenerationandfuturegenerationstheopportunitytoreclaimandpreserveourlanguageandcultureinourowntraditionalwaythroughstorytelling.MycolleaguesandIaresecondspeakersmeaningwespeakAnishnaabemowinasoursecondlanguagemanyofuslearningournativetongueasadults.Asnon-fluentteacherswemustworkcloselywithfluentspeakerstocontinuelearningmoreadvancedaspectsofourlanguagewhileteachingothersthingsthatwehavealreadyacquired.Thisisreferredtoasastudentteacher.Byworkingwithafluentspeakerapartiallyfluentteachercanresponsiblyteachknowingthatwhatisbeingtaughtiscorrect.PersonallyIhavebeenstudyingNwewinoursoundourlanguagesincethewinterof2007underKennPitawanakwatatNorthernMichiganUniversitysCenterforNativeAmericanStudies.AfterreachinganadequateproficiencywiththelanguageIbegantakingonstudentsofmyown.WhenIfirstbeganteachingIsatdownwithKenntobuildacurriculumbasedonthelessonshehadalreadytaughtme.AsmystudentsprogressedKennandIwoulddevelopmorelessonplanstogethersothatwewerebothsuretheinstructionwascorrect.Byhavingupperlevelstudentsteachintroductorylevellanguageclassesafluentteacherisabletoresponsiblypassonourlanguagetoalargeraudience.Forexampleifateacherhasthreeclassescontaining60ofhisownstudentswhilefiveoftheirupperlevelstudentstakeon10-20studentsundertheguidanceoftheirmentorthefluentteacherisabletobranchoutreachinganextra50-100people.Withpropertrainingastudentteachercangivenewstudentsaccesstoastrongvocabularywhilecoveringbasicmaterialthatourfluentspeakersspendsomuchprecioustimecovering.Withthissystemalargerpartofthecommunitycouldallbelearningintroductorylevellanguagewhilethefluentspeakerwouldhavemoretimetodevelopadvancedmaterials.Withproperplanningcommitmentandthenecessaryresourcesthislanguageprogramcouldevolveovertimeintoarelativelyself-sustaininglanguagerevitalizationinitiativegrowingtofittheneedsofthecommunity.ThispastMarchIwasgiftedtheopportunitytopresentatAnishnaabemowinTegabouttheresponsibilityofouryoungpeopletospeakupandpromoteourlanguageandculturewithinthisnewglobalsocietythatweliveintoday.Someofthethingsmypresentationincludedaretheimportanceandsharedresponsibilitiesofourfirstandsecondspeakerstocontinuelanguageandculturalpreservationhowonefirstspeakercancorrelateculturaleducationtoadrasticallylargeraudi-encethroughsecondspeakerteacherscommunityresponsibilitiesinregardtonurturingtheserelationshipshowtostartandmanagetheserelationshipsandlastlymyownexperiencesteachingasapartially-fluentstudentteacherunderafluentmentor.AsayoungerteacherIrecognizetheimportanceofmygenerationhelpingoureldersaccomplishtheirmissionofkeepingourculturealive.Ourelderscon-tinuetostruggleincreatingfluentspeakersofourlanguage.IfeelthatitisourresponsibilityastheyoungergenerationofAnishnaabegtobecomethosecarriersofAnishnaabeidentityandinessencewemustlearntobecomethoseelderswhokeepfightingforourrighttoliveasAnishnaabeg.ByLeviTadgersonANALanguageAssistantLeviTadgersonsharedatraditionalAnishinaabemowinstoryatNorthernGreatLakesVisitorCenterlastFeb-ruary.CORANISHINAABEMOWINFOODSOVEREIGNTYAnishinaabemowinStudentteachersmustshoulderrevitalizationeffortsGreenBayWis.TheFoodSov-ereigntySummitheldApril15-182013inGreenBayWisconsinwasanopenconversationfocusedonhowtocreatesustainablefoodsystemsandhowthesefoodsystemscanfosterFirstNationsovereignty.PanelssuchasBuildingHealthyFoodSystemsfromtheGroundUpApproachestoHealthyCommuni-tiesDemystifyingtheUSDAandCollaboratingtoBuyIndianprovidedtheopportunitytoshareknowledgeresourcesandsparkcollaborations.ThemajorthemeoftheFoodSovereigntySummitwasusingtribalproductstofeedandup-buildtribalcommunities.Attendedbyapproximately250tribalpeopleandorganizationalpartnersfromalloverNorthAmericathesummitallowedtribalpeopleandpartnerstosharepastexperiencesandidentifyothersourcesforfuturefundingorprogramdevelopmentconcerningagriculture.WinonaLaDukekeynotespeakerattheconferenceencapsulatedthemeaningoftribalfoodsovereigntybykeepingtribalmonieswithinthecommunitystatingthatwetribesarenotsovereignuntilwecanfeedourselves.LaDukesharedherworkwithintheWhiteEarthLandRecoveryProjectincludingtheAnishinaabeSeedProjectthathelpswiththerestorationoftraditionalplantvarietiessuchasdifferentvarietiesofcornsquashandbeans.TheMinoWiisinidaaLetsEatGoodprojectwasrepresentedbyOwenHollyMaroneycommunitydietitianwhomoderatedthePlateitUpRes-taurantsusinglocalfoodsandmenuop-tions.AccompaniedbyGordyAdamsandGordonBronitskythePlateitUppanelexploredoptionsandideasforincorporatinglocaltriballygrownfoodintotribalrestaurantsandprograms.Whenyousupporttribalharvest-ersyouaresupportingmorethanjusttheharvesteryouaresupportingthecommunityasawholestatedMaroney.Buyingfromlocaltribalharvestersbringsanaddednutritionalbenefittothepeoplewhoeatit.Localfoodsarefresherfoodspickedwhenripenotbe-foreandthereislesstimefromharvesttotablewhichmeanslessnutrientlossandmorefortheconsumer.DuringthecourseoftheconferenceattendeesenjoyedbisonfromtheOneidaNationFarmduringanetworkingeventincludedtraditionalHaudensuaneesocialdancesandtoursofthevarioussectionswithintheOneidaNationFarm.VendorsandinformationalboothslinedthecommonareaofferinghandmadegiftsaswellthedebutoftheMobileFarmersMarketwhoofferedtraditionalfoodsincludinggroundwildriceflourjamscornandmaplesyrup.TheFoodSovereigntySummitwashostedbythefollowingSovereignOneidaNationofWisconsinFirstNa-tionsDevelopmentInstituteIntertribalAgricultureCouncilandNortheastWis-consinTechnicalCollege.FoodSovereigntySummitfocusesonfeedingtribalnationsByLaTishaCoffinANASEDSCoordinatorHighlightingGLIFWCsMinoWiisinidaaLetsEatGoodprojectduringtheFoodSovereigntySummitinGreenBayWis.GLIFWCprojectstaffprovidedaninformationalboothfeaturingtheprojectandtreatyrights.PicturedfromtheleftZoongeeLeithplanningandANAsecretaryLaTishaCofnANASEDScoordinatorandOwenMaroneycommunitydietician.Maroneyalsomoderatedapaneldiscussiononincorporatinglocallygrownfoodsintotribalrestaurantsandprograms.Wearenotsovereignuntilwecanfeedourselves.WinonaLaDukeWhiteEarth