By Anton Treuer
A language includes a people's thoughts, whether or not they are acknowledged as person memories, as communal historical past, or as funny stories. This selection of tales from Anishinaabe elders bargains a historical past of a humans while that it seeks to maintain the language of that folks. in keeping with interviews Treuer carried out with ten elders this anthol-ogy provides the elders' tales transcribed in Ojibwe with English translation on dealing with pages. those tales include a wealth of data, together with oral histories of the Anishinaabe humans and private memories, academic stories, and funny anecdotes. Treuer's translations of those tales protect the audio system' personalities, permitting their voices to emerge from the web page. Treuer introduces every one speaker, supplying a short biography and noting vital info pertaining to dialect or topics; he then permits the tales to talk for themselves. This dual-language textual content will end up instructive for these drawn to Ojibwe language and tradition, whereas the tales themselves provide the reward of a residing language and the background of a humans.
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Extra resources for Living Our Language: Ojibwe Tales & Oral Histories (Native Voices)
3 As the population of fluent speakers ages and eventually leaves, there is no doubt that the Ojibwe language will lose its carriers. We are not losing our language. Our language is losing us. A battle now rages to keep Ojibwe alive. At stake is the future of not only the language, but the knowledge contained within the language, the unique Ojibwe worldview and way of thinking, the Anishinaabe connection to the past, to the earth, and to the future. In recent years, educational initiatives have been implemented at every level of the curriculum.
Thus, my first contacts were primarily Leech Lake elders—Scott Headbird, Emma Fisher, and Walter “Porky” White. A few years later, I also recorded Leech Lake elders Hartley White and Susan Jackson. As I continued to collect language material, I came to understand more and more how precious that material was and how useful it would be for anyone interested in Ojibwe language and culture. Earl Otchingwanigan (formerly Nyholm) and Kent Smith, both of whom worked at Bemidji State University, encouraged me to assume the position of editor for the Oshkaabewis Native Journal, an Ojibwe language publication produced by Bemidji State University Indian Studies.
National Public Radio: December 26, 1996. 3. Sweetgrass First Nations Language Council, “Sample of Fluent Native Speakers in Southern Ontario,” Aboriginal Languages Development in Southern Ontario: Interim Report, October 1994; Joe Chosa, interview, 1997. 4. There have been some attempts to textualize oral versions of Ojibwe migration. See William Warren, History of the Ojibway People (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1985) and Edward Benton, The Mishoomis Book (Hayward: Indian Country Communications, 1988).