Anishinaabe Way: Lives, Words and Stories of Ojibwe People

Spirit Tree -photo by Travis Novitsky

"Anishinaabe Way: Lives, Words and Stories of Ojibwe People" is a radio series that explores the many facets of Ojibwe life.  As part of the series you will hear the words and stories of Anishinaabe people, including artists, poets, doctors, scientists, elders and children.

"Anishinaabe Way: Lives, Words and Stories of Ojibwe People" is an original series produced by Staci Lola Drouillard. Staci is a descendent of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa who lives in her hometown of Grand Marais, Minnesota.  Music for the series is by Minnesota Ojibwe artist, Keith Secola.

Funding for the series is provided by the Minnesota Legacy Fund and WTIP, Community Radio.


 
What's On:
Travis Novitsky's "Aurora Storm"

Anishinaabe Way: Johnson Loud Jr.

Johnson Loud Jr. is a potter, a painter, and an Episcopal Priest who has served his parish at Prairie Island, Minnesota for 15 years. He is from the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in Northern Minnesota.


Angela Swedberg Vamps-Walking With Our Sisters Project

Anishinaabe Way: Me'tis artist Christi Belcourt

Me'tis artist Christi Belcourt lives near Manitoulin Island, Ontario. She creates intricate paintings inspired by the traditional beading process and woodland style of beadwork design.


 
Thunder Bay Art Gallery Curatorial Resident Suzanne Morrissette with Carl Beam's "Exorcism."

Contemporary Anishinaabe Artist Carl Beam, Thunder Bay Art Gallery

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is currently hosting a retrospective of the work of Anishinaabe artist Carl Beam.


Travis Payer (left) and Station 7 crew filling the boot for Jerry's kids fundraiser

Anishinaabe Way: Travis Payer

Travis Payer is Nebraska Ho Chunk and Bad River Ojibwe. He has lived in the Minneapolis St. Paul area his whole life and has been a Minneapolis Fire Fighter for 17 years.


 
A photo of Susan

Anishinaabe Way: Susan Zimmerman

Susan Zimmerman is a Grand Portage band member who spent her early childhood on Hungry Jack Lake.  She is an avid hunter, fisherwoman, and wild ricer who also makes baskets and decorative gourds that are rooted in traditional crafts. Anishinaabe Way series producer Staci Drouillard met with her last fall in Grand Portage, where she was in the final days of her annual moose hunt.


Anishinaabemowin

Anishinaabe Way: Wendy Quade

Wendy Quade has taught Anishinaabemowin and American History at Cloquet Sr. High School for ten years. In this edition of Anishinaabe Way, Ms. Quade and her students share their hard work in learning how to speak the Ojibwe language.

Ms. Quade also discusses the importance of indigenous language retention and cultural history curriculum in our schools.


 
Lake Superior

Anishinaabe Way: A Sip of Lake

Rick Anderson owns Sweetgrass Cove Guesthouse & Bodywork Studio in Grand Portage, and is a member of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. In this edition of Anishinaabe Way, Rick shares a poem about Lake Superior.


Robert DesJarlait

Anishinaabe Way: Robert DesJarlait

Red Lake Anishinaabe Robert DesJarlait is a writer, journalist, artist, a co-founder of the group "Protect our Manoomin" and a member of the University of Minnesota Council of Elders.  He recently told the story of the spiritual connection between the Anishinaabeg and the wolf (ma'aingan). It is a cautionary tale of man and animal's intertwined fate. Robert signs his works of art with the symbol of a wolf's paw to honor this historic and ancient connection.


 
John & Patrick Pierre

Anishinaabe Way: John & Patrick Pierre

Brothers John and Patrick Pierre have served as Grand Portage Royalty for the last three and four years. WTIP producer Staci Drouillard  met with them on the Grand Portage Reservation at the annual Rendezvous and Pow Wow.  The day before the interview John and Patrick had passed along their banners to the new, incoming Royalty.

In this edition of Anishinaabe Way, Staci speaks with them about their responsibilities as Tiny Tot Brave and Jr. Brave, their travels and any advice they might have for the next young tribal representatives.
 


A photo of Milt Powell

Anishinaabe Way: Milt Powell

This segment of WTIP's ongoing series "Anishinaabe Way: Lives, Words, and Stories of Ojibwe People" features Milt Powell of the Saganaga Lake Powell family.

WTIP independent producer Staci Drouillard sat down with Milt and his wife Alice last fall. He shares stories about growing up on Saganaga Lake and about his "Grandmother,"  a great Aunt who lived with his family when he was a young child.  Milt will celebrate his 80th birthday this coming September.