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Living our language : Ojibwe tales & oral histories

Author: Anton Treuer
Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, ©2001.
Series: Native voices.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A language carries a people's memories, whether they are recounted as individual reminiscences, as communal history, or as humorous tales. This collection of stories from Anishinaabe elders offers a history of a people at the same time that it seeks to preserve the language of that people. As fluent speakers of Ojibwe grow older, the community questions whether younger speakers know the language well enough to pass  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Autobiographies
Biography
Folklore
History
Texts
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Living our language.
St. Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)619988697
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anton Treuer
ISBN: 9780873514033 0873514033 9780873514040 0873514041
OCLC Number: 45582678
Language Note: Text in Ojibwa with English translation on facing page.
Notes: "A bilingual anthology"--Cover.
Awards: Commended for Minnesota Book Award (Anthology) 2002
Description: 272 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Inaandagokaag=Balsam Lake (St. Croix). Archie Mosay --
Misi-zaaga'igan=Mille Lacs. Jim Clark ; Melvin Eagle --
Gaa-waababiganikaag=White Earth. Joe Auginaush --
Miskwaagamiiwi-zaaga'igan=Red Lake. Collins Oakgrove --
Gaa-zagaskwaajimekaag=Leech Lake. Emma Fisher ; Scott Headbird ; Susan Jackson ; Hartley White ; Porky White.
Series Title: Native voices.
Responsibility: edited by Anton Treuer.

Abstract:

A language carries a people's memories, whether they are recounted as individual reminiscences, as communal history, or as humorous tales. This collection of stories from Anishinaabe elders offers a history of a people at the same time that it seeks to preserve the language of that people. As fluent speakers of Ojibwe grow older, the community questions whether younger speakers know the language well enough to pass it on to the next generation. Young and old alike are making widespread efforts to preserve the Ojibwe language, and, as part of this campaign, Anton Treuer has collected stories from Anishinaabe elders living at Leech Lake, White Earth, Mille Lacs, Red Lake, and St. Croix reservations. Based on interviews Treuer conducted with ten elders -- Archie Mosay, Jim Clark, Melvin Eagle, Joe Auginaush, Collins Oakgrove, Emma Fisher, Scott Headbird, Susan Jackson, Hartley White, and Porky White -- this anthology presents the elders' stories transcribed in Ojibwe with English translation on facing pages. These stories contain a wealth of information, including oral histories of the Anishinaabe people and personal reminiscences, educational tales, and humorous anecdotes. Treuer's translations of these stories preserve the speakers' personalities, allowing their voices to emerge from the page. This dual-language text will prove instructive for those interested in Ojibwe language and culture, while the stories themselves offer the gift of a living language and the history of a people.

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