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:
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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.


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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.
 


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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.
 


 
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Anishinaabe Way: Jim Denomie

This segment of Anishinaabe Way features Lac Courte Oreilles Anishinaabe artist Jim Denomie. He discusses his approach to painting and the use of historical themes in his work, as well as what inspires him. Jim was recently awarded a McKnight Artist Fellowship for 2012/13.


Al Hunter (Photo by Stephan Hoglund)

Anishinaabe Way: Al Hunter

Al Hunter is a citizen of the Anishinaabe Nation within Treaty 3 and a proud member of the Caribou Clan. His poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies. This edition of Anishinaabe Way features his poem "The Diet,"  from his third book, "Beautiful Razor: Love Poems & Other Lies," released this year by Kegadonce Press.
 


 
Spirit Tree -photo by Travis Novitsky

Anishinaabe Way: Anna Deschampe & Allan Aubid

Anna Deschampe and Allan Aubid are the parents of two young sons. They live on the Grand Portage Reservation in northern Minnesota.

In this edition of Anishinaabe Way, Deschampe and Aubid discuss raising children to have traditional values while living in mainstream society, and the role of the community and elders in parenting. They also share the lessons they have learned along the way and the dreams they have for their kids.


Rick DeFoe and family

Anishinaabe Way: Fond du Lac Elder Rick DeFoe

Fond du Lac elder Rick DeFoe gave a brief interview while attending an anti-sulfide mining rally in Duluth, Minneosta in March of 2012, for this edition of Anishinaabe Way. 

He discusses the role of tribes in protecting clean water, including children in such activities, and talks about the importance of eagles to Anishinaabe people.