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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:
Ore Boat on Lake Superior.  Photo by Travis Novitsky

Anishinaabe Way: Christine Stark

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Christine Stark is a writer and researcher who contributed to the 2011 report, "Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in MN." She is currently working on a follow up report called "Gathering Our Stories: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women on the Duluth Ships," which focuses specifically on the Native American and First Nations women who are the victims of prostitution and sex trafficking on the Great Lakes. In this segment she discusses the historical factors that contribute to the victimization of Indigenous women and provides a perspective on what can be done to help the women and the communities heal from what she calls an "indescribable assault against Native people" within the context of regional and national history.


Anishinaabe Way: Henry Boucha

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Henry Boucha is Anishinaabe from Warroad MN. A professional hockey player for six seasons, including a run with the MN North Stars, Boucha was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995.  He was also a star on the 1972 U.S. Olympic Hockey team, which won silver that year. On a recent visit to the North Shore, Henry shared this story of an Olympic experience in Sapporo, Japan.


Anishinaabe Way: Writer and poet Heid Erdrich

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Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe writer and poet Heid Erdrich has just completed a recipe book and memoir titled "Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest" (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2013). In this segment, she discusses the realm of indigenous foods, the importance of protecting traditional foods in relation to Native culture, and she shares her introduction to a recipe from the book for a dish inspired by her visits to the North Shore of Lake Superior. Signed copies of her book are available at Birchbark Books in Minneapolis. This book and many other books by Heid Erdrich can also be found at Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais, MN. "Anishinaabe Way" is produced by Staci Drouillard.


Anishinaabe Way: Ivy Vainio

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In this edition of Anishinaabe Way: Lives, Words, and Stories of Ojibwe People, Duluth photographer Ivy Vainio stops by WTIP on her way to the 2013 Annual Rendezvous Days Pow Wow at Grand Portage.  

Known best for her bold images of pow wow dancers, Ivy shared two of her favorite photos, discussed cultural protocols about pow-wow photography and shared information about a 2014 calendar project that features her work. The project is a benefit for the American Indian Community Housing Organization's (AICHO) artist's fund and the calendar features 12 of Ivy's pow-wow portraits. 

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Anishinaabe Way: Susan Zimmerman on Wild Rice

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According to the Anishinaabe Migration Story, the People would know their home where they found the place where food grows on water.

This is how the people came to settle in the Lake Superior region, where wild rice grows on the water.   In this segment of "Anishinaabe Way: Lives, Words and Stories of Ojibwe People," Grand Portage band member Susan Zimmerman explains the ricing tradition and shares her favorite wild rice recipe.



Anishinaabe Way: Tom Jack

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Cook County Anishinaabe language and culture teacher Tom Jack is from Lake of the Woods in Ontario. In this segment, he speaks with producer Staci Drouillard about his personal experience with the Residential School System in Canada and how that experience has shaped his view of education and teaching. He also explains the role that the Anishinaabe language plays in defining both historical and modern educational concepts.


Anishinaabe Way: Milt Powell, Part 2

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Milt Powell grew up on the Canadian side of Saganaga Lake where he lived with his family on what was once known as "Powell's Bay."  In this segment, he tells the story of his Uncle Frank Powell's acquisition of an airplane, his father's experience as a Wilderness Ranger at Quetico Provincial Park and how the wilderness designation affected him personally. Milt's wife Alice Powell also shares a story about when Jack Powell came to town for the first time in 40 years.


Anishinaabe Way: Czarina Crow

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A conversation with the poet Czarina Crow. In this segment, Anishinaabe Cook County High School student Czarina Crow shares a poem and talks about where she finds inspiration, poetry as an exploration of characters outside of her own experience, and why she likes poetry better than other kinds of writing.


Anishinaabe Way: Johnson Loud Jr.

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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. He was recently in Cook County along with his colleague Robert Two Bulls, for an art show and a series of religious seminars. In this interview with WTIP producer Staci Drouillard, he discusses the connection between his art and his work as an Episcopal priest.


Anishinaabe Way: Me'tis artist Christi Belcourt

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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. In this edition of "Anishinaabe Way: Lives, Words and Stories of Ojibwe People," she shares her influences, her art and her artistic process. She also talks about her current work co-coordinating the project "Walking With Our Sisters," a Commemorative Art Installation for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada.

It is estimated that 600+ native women in Canada have gone missing or have been murdered in the last 20 years. Many have vanished without a trace with little to no concern paid by the media, the general public or politicians. For this project, 600+ moccasin tops (vamps) are being created by hundreds of people to create one large collaborative art piece that will be installed for the public in various galleries and sites. They will be installed in a winding path of beaded vamps on cloth over a gallery floor. The exhibit is currently booked to tour across Canada and perhaps into the United States. For more about this project including the exhibition schedule, visit the "Walking With Our Sisters" Facebook page.