A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: Michigan State University Press
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With the simplest act of translating this starting point I am reminded of the distance between two languages. N’digo is the phrase used to share identity; it signals an act of self–translation; it stands as the personal preface to a narrative. N’digo Giiwedinoodin, waabzheshiinh debendagoziyaanh, Minnesota...
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Baatiinag bimaadizijig gii naadamawigoog. N’gii zhawenimigoog kina gikinaamawiwaad, zaagiwaad. Gaagige n’gii minotanan zaaga’iganan, mitigoog, nengawan miinwaa asiniig miidash gii gashkitooyaanh nakinigeyaanh ezhi-enendamoyaanh. I have been blessed with many lessons. In addition to the lakes and the trees and...
Ziibaaskobiige: To Set a Written Net
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Aanii ezhikidoying . . . ? How do we say . . . ? Two words or four words, it is the same incessant question that haunts the students and teachers of language. Many, many times on the journey of learning Anishinaabemowin I have repeated that question, first in English, then in Anishinaabemowin without knowing exactly...
Chapter One: Anishinaabemowin:The Anishinaabe Language
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Although the Anishinaabe people are oft en called a “woodland” culture, there is much more to Anishinaabe identity. Th e center of Anishinaabewakiing, or Anishinaabe country, is the life-giving gaming, the “vast water.” The roll of “g” against “m” is still heard when people speak of Lake Superior as Gichi Gumee, the...
Chapter Two: Anishinaabebiige: Anishinaabe Literature
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Anishinaabe literary history is both ancient and imminent, traceable to the sound of stones and adaptive as white winter fur, evolving in order to survive. Today Anishinaabe authors move from one language to another by choice and necessity. The language of the original stories is now endangered, but translations...
Chapter Three: Gikenmaadizo miinwaa Gikenmaa’aan: Patterns of Identity in the Writing of Louise Erdrich
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Giishpin Anishinaabemoying (“If we all spoke Anishinaabemowin”) . . . Nanapush imagines this possibility and by doing so in Anishinaabemowin forces a speaker to choose an ending because Anishinaabemo is not a noun like “English”; it is a verb that requires one to say who speaks. Even the choices are unlike those in...
Chapter Four: Zhaabwii’endam: Conscious Survivalin the Writing of Jim Northrup
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In Anishinaabemowin, the way to say “holy” or “sacred” is chitwaa, which is also the equivalent of “fancy.” Another option is manidoo, which oft en becomes a prefix to emphasize the spiritual nature of something. For example, a “sacred song” is a manidoo-nagamon, and God, the Creator, is Gichi Manidoo, the Great Spirit. One...
Chapter Five: Giizhigomaadiziwin: Universal Life in the Writing of Basil Johnston
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Speaking of a time when Anishinaabemowin was the primary language of the Great Lakes and stories were the best and only means of transferring them from one generation to the next, Basil Johnston has said that “words and stories carried meanings and teachings drawn from Mother Earth and meant to instruct,
Chapter Six: Waninawendamowinan:Stirred Thoughts in the Writing of Gerald Vizenor
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Like the jiisakaawininiwag who built tents of twigs and spirit for their ceremonies, Vizenor builds tents of language and calls forth the voices, words, and stories that others oft en do not hear. In one of his earliest books, Vizenor writes about the time of night when the shadows fall and “the jiisakaawininiwag commune...
Chapter Seven: Ziiginibiige: Poured Writing
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Many words have been poured into these pages: bimaadizi (to live), bwaajige (to dream), jichakaan (one soul), jibwaam (the other soul), waabaamaa (to see someone), waamdaan (to see something), Anishinaabeakiing (the place of the Anishinaabe), Anishinaabebiigeyaanh (I write in Anishinaabe) . . . I have tried to...
Maziniaganan Gii Gindanaanan: Works Cited
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Publication Year: 2014