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PAGE19MAZINAx19IGANWINTER20122013OJIBWEMOWINWeshki-ojibwemojigx14ThenewspeakersThefollowinginsightsontheevolu-tionoftheOjibwelanguageweregiventousbyLarryx1cAmikx1dSmallwoodfromtheLakeLenacommunityofMilleLacsMinnesota.ThisteachingwascollectedaspartoftheAdministrationforNativeAmericansfundedlanguageprojectx1cGidaadizookaaninaanigx14Ourstories.x1dThegoalofthisprojectistodocu-mentandpreservestoriesoftraditionalAnishinaabeculturalpracticesfromspeakersofthelanguage.Eachstoryandorteachingisrecordedtranscribedandtranslatedwiththespeakerx19sapprovalandguidance.Theseteachingswillthenbecom-piledintoanOjibwelanguageresourcebookwithaccompanyingaudioCDofeachspeaker.4000ofthesebookswillbeprintedanddistributedtotheGLIFWCmembertribesatnocosttothecommuni-ties.Thedistributionofthismaterialisscheduledforthesummerof2013.ThisprojectiscoordinatedbyWesleyBall-ingerANAlanguagespecialist.Gegetigoniibowaniwanendaaniwniwanendaananiniwikidowinan.Aaniishnaagaawiinendaso-giizhikindaabajitoosiinangeyaabigaagiigidoyaan.Miiwenji-wanen-damaan.Miizhigwaezhiwebaknoongomow.Gegaawanitooyangiwgidinweweninaangaa-miinigoowiziyang.Eshkamigoani-bangiishenhwagiziawnetaa-ojibwemodwaanda-ojibwemod.Ongowdashgayeweshki-ojibwemojigbeminizhax19angigiwOjibwemowin.Gegetniminwendaanizhichigewaadiw.Ox19owdashetagaawiinodayaanziinaawaaingiwweshki-ojibwemojigiwbaapiidiwin.Anoojkogii-inaajimoAnishinaabegii-minawaan-igozidapanegii-paapid.Wax19awnoongomweshki-ojibwemodgaawiinodayaanziiniwowizhinikaadeizhinikaadangawchimookimaaniwx1chumor.x1dIndeedIhaveforgottenalotIhaveforgottenmanywords.AfterallIdonx19tusethemeverydayanymorewhenIspeak.ThatiswhyIforget.Thisiswhatishappeningnow.Wex19vealmostlostitourlanguagethatwasgiventous.GoodOjibwespeakersreallygoodspeakersarebecomingfewer.ButtherearethesenewspeakersthosethatarepursuingOjibwe.Ireallylikethattheyaredoingit.Butthereisjustonethingthatthenewspeakersdonothavehumor.TheAnishinaabetoldaboutallkindsofthingswhentheyhadagoodtimealwayslaughing.Thenewsecond-languagespeakertodaydoesnx19thavethatwhatiscalledwhattheWhitemancallsx1chumor.x1dMiinawaagayeawnoongomweshki-ojibwemodowanitooniwakeyaaAnishinaabegaa-pi-izhitwaad.Gaa-pi-izhichiged.OwanitoongeiwkeyaaizhichigedawAnishinaabeasemaakedzagaswex19iwed.Metagoiwmenezidawgeyaabiweshki-ojibwemod.Kegeginiimix19idiwininaaniwidikeyaaMisizaagax19iganingmiinawaaoodiiwidiAgaamingezhinikaadegx1cSt.Croixx1dmiinawaaimaax1cLacduFlambeaux1dmiinawaaimaaOdaawaa-zaagax19iganingbebangiishenhwagiziwaggekendangigiwniimiix19idiwin.Begishawweshki-ojibwemodbiminizhax19angiwkeyaaezhitwaayang.da-aabajitooyangiwkeyaamanidoogaa-miininangda-aabajitooyanggagwejimangwaaiwbimaadiziwin.Kegayebezhigmiiiwniimiix19idiwinapaneaabijichigaadegomaaojibwemowinmiinawaaawiyawiindaawasodmiigiwediwizhinikaazowinboochda-nitaa-ojibwemod.Miinawaageiwmaajaax19iwewinmaajaax19indawAnishinaabeboochda-nitaa-ojibwemodawezhichiged.Miinawaaonaagananachigaadegbaa-apagizomindawAnishinaabeLeechLakex19sMarleneStatelyandGLIFWCLanguageSpecialistWesleyBallingerreviewthetranscriptofatraditionalAnishinaabestory.AlongwithadozenothereldersStatelyissharingstoriesandteachingswithGLIFWCthatprovideinsightsintoAnishinaabeculturalpractices.TheeffortispartoftheAdministrationforNativeAmericans-fundedGidaadizookaaninaaningOurStoriesproject.photobyCharlieOttoRasmussenByAmikLarrySmallwoodTranscribedbyMichelleGooseEditedbyMikeSullivanLarrySmallwoodboochda-ojibwemod.Miiiniwgekendanzigax19awnetaa-ojibiwemodmashi.Maagizhaanaagajoga-biminizhax19aaniwAyaawagwiingobangiiezhichigejigiwGegetonishishiniwbiminizhax19amowaadojibwemowingegetonishishiniwoshki-ojibwemowaad.Baataniinaddashiwnawajge-gikendamowaadawasemaaaabajix19ind.Pegishbiminizhax19amowaadix19iw.AndalsotodaythenewOjibwespeakerislosingthewaytheAnishinaabeherepracticedtheirspiritualitywhathedidhere.Heislosingthewayheofferedtobaccoandhadceremonies.Thatisallthenewspeakerisstilllacking.SeeatourdancesoverinMilleLacsandoverthereoverontheothersideoftheriverWisconsinSt.CroixandLacduFlambeauandoverinLCOtheonesthatknowthedancesarebecomingfewer.Iwishtheyoungspeakerwouldpursuethewaywepracticeourculturetousewhatthemanidoogaveustousewhenweaskthemforlife.SeeanotherthingisatthedanceOjibweisalwaysusedandwhensomeonenameschildrenwhentheygiveanametheyhavetospeakgoodOjibwe.AndalsothefuneralwhentheAnishinaabeissentoffthepersondoingithastospeakgoodOjibweandwhenadishissetandtheAnishinaabesendsituptothecreatorhehastospeakOjibwe.ThesearewhattheoneswhocanspeakOjibwegooddonotknowyet.Maybetheyx19llpursueitlater.Therearethosewhodoalittleofthat.ItisgreatthattheyarepursuingtheOjibwelanguageindeeditisgreattheyarespeakingOjibweforthefirsttime.Thereismorethattheyshouldknowabouttheuseoftobacco.Ihopetheypursueit.Awenenge-gaagiigidodimaaniimix19idiiwigamigongAwenenge-gaagi-igidodAwenenge-izhichigediwda-wiindaawasodAwenenge-izhichigediwmaajaax19iwewinAwenenge-apagizomaadasemaanPegishbiminizhax19amowaadnawajiw.Miinawaageaanindikidowagingiwnawajgechi-ayax19aawijigx1cGegoozhibiix19angenimaamazinax19iganinggegox1d.Aaniishge-izhichigedax19awda-gikendangawiyaozhibiix19igaadesinogimaamazinax19iganingNashkenoon-gomchi-wewaasagidaamin.Giningweshkoo-giningweshkaagonaanawChi-mookomaan.Ge-wiinmewinzhaax19awAnishinaabegii-oodenaawichigewaadbebeshogii-taawag.Kinaawiyagii-ojibwemodimaakinaawiyagii-pizindang.Miigaa-onji-gikend-amowaadwiinawaagegoo.Noongomdashchi-wewaasabakaangibaa-daamin.Baataniinadbakaangaagiigidowinojibwemongiwasemaaapagizomind.Pegishnawajbiminizhax19angawweshki-ojibwemod.WhowilldothespeakinginthedancehallWhoisgoingtospeakWhoisgoingtodonamingceremoniesforchildrenWhoisgoingtoconductfuneralsWhoisgoingtospeakforsendthetobaccoIhopetheypursuemoreofthat.Andsomesaymoreeldersx1cDonx19twriteitinabookdonx19tx1dWhatissomeonetodotoknowitifitisnx19twritteninabookSeetodaywelivefaraway.WearebeinginfestedbytheWhiteman.TheAnishinaabelongagoalsowhentheymadetheircommunitiestheylivedclosetooneanother.EveryonetherespokeOjibweeverybodylistenedtoit.Thatishowtheycametoknowthings.Buttodaywelivefarawayindifferentplaces.TherearemanydifferentspeechesinOjibweforwhentobaccoissent.Iwishtheyoungspeakerwouldpursuemoreofthat.MiinawaagebangiiniigaanawAnishinaabeweshki-ojibwemodbakaanda-ni-inwe.Da-mayagitaagoziawweshki-ojibwemod.Gaawiinodayaanziiniwoga-ayaanziiniwx1cIndianaccentx1dizhinikaadeg.Miiganabajetaminikwaa-izhi-wiindamawagwaaongowweshki-ojibwemojigda-biminizhax19amowaadiwnawajojibwemowinapagizomindawasemaada-gaagiigidong.Miietawiinigoimaaminikwaa-ikidoyaanjibwaa-nishkimagawiyagaawiinniwii-nishkimaasiinawiya.AndalsointhefuturetheyoungAnishinaabeOjibwespeakerwillsoundalittledif-ferent.Thenewspeakerwillsoundstrange.Hedoesnx19thaveithewonx19thavewhatiscalledthex1cIndianaccent.x1dMaybethatx19sasmuchasIwanttotellthesenewOjibwespeakerstopursuemoreofitthelanguageforwhentobaccoisbeingtalkedforforspeaking.ThatisasmuchasIwanttosaybeforeImakesomeonemadIdonx19twanttomakeanyonemad.Amik.artworkbyWesleyBallingerx1cTheAnishinaabetoldaboutallkindsofthingswhentheyhadagoodtimealwayslaughing.x1dPortraitofAnimikiinsStarkBadRivertribalmemberlynxclan.artworkbyWesleyBallinger