Ojibwe Waasa Inaabidaa - We Look in All Directions DVD
Waasa Inaabidaa - We Look In All Directions is a powerful in-depth portrayal of the second-largest tribe in North America, the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe (Chippewa) nation of the upper Great Lakes region. This six-part series invites viewers through a portal of rich historical and contemporary scenes based on six main themes of Ojibwe life and culture from pre-contact to contemporary times. Closed captioning in English and subtitles in Ojibwe.
Six piece set ($120.00).Waasa Inaabidaa - We Look In All Directions is a powerful in-depth portrayal of the second-largest tribe in North America, the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe (Chippewa) nation of the upper Great Lakes region. This six-part series invites viewers through a portal of rich historical and contemporary scenes based on six main themes of Ojibwe life and culture from pre-contact to contemporary times.
Available as individual episodes ($24.95) or as a six piece set ($120.00).
Episode One: Gakina-awiiya - "We Are All Related"(Environment) explores the Ojibwe relationship with the natural environment before European contact, and how the land and lives of Ojibwe people were dramatically altered when this delicate balance clashed with the Euro-American philosophies of resource exploitation, treaties, land ownership, and reservations.
Episode Two: Gwayakochigewin – “Making Decisions the Right Way” (Leadership) journeys from pre-European contact to contemporary times, portraying the essence of traditional Ojibwe decision-making. Historical Ojibwe chiefs are profiled alongside contemporary Ojibwe leaders. This program traces Ojibwe beginnings as sovereign, independent bands led by councils of headmen, elders, and spiritual leaders; through the United State’s paternalistic era of government guardianship; to today’s reestablishment of self-determination.
Episode Three: Gaamiinigooyang – “That Which Is Given To Us” (Economy)describes the traditional Ojibwe survival system through numerous interviews with historians, tribal leaders, and elders; combined with visually stunning dramatic sequences of the four seasons’ traditional economic cycle. Key interviews are powerfully illustrated with archival photographs, documents, maps, and historical film footage.
Episode Four: Bimaadiziwin – “A Healthy Way of Life” (Health) examines the Ojibwe’s holistic approach to good health and the role of traditional medicine and spiritual healers. Also chronicled is the devastating impact on Ojibwe health brought by European-born epidemics, a shrinking land-base, and government policies of assimilation and acculturation. This program looks at the affects of boarding schools, adoptions, and other traumatic events that caused generations of grief, anger, and dysfunctional family dynamics. Learn also how the Ojibwe people maintained their health through improvements in health delivery systems beginning in 1955 with the creation of the Indian Health Service, and continuing with the training of their own people in western medicine and treatment.
Episode Five: Gikinoo’amaadiwin – “We Gain Knowledge” (Education) examines the connection between traditional family structures and knowledge--from the clan system through the four phases of life: child, adult, middle age, and elder. For the Ojibwe, learning is a life-long activity of careful observation and respectful listening. What must be fostered is not merely skill, but understanding, not merely knowledge, but wisdom. There is a duty on the part of elders to impart their wisdom and a concomitant obligation on the part of the youth to learn. This cyclical nature of education insured the survival of the Ojibwe people from generation to generation.
Episode Six: Ojibwemowin – “Ojibwe Oral Tradition” (Language) begins with Ojibwe origin narratives, and chronicles the decline and near disappearance of Ojibwe language and culture, continues through rebirth and renewal, and comes full circle to today’s cultural renaissance and revival of language and tradition. A mixture of Ojibwe language (with English sub-titles), animation, drama, artwork, archival photos, interviews, and story telling presents a rich tapestry and narrative of Ojibwe creation and tradition. This episode features survival narratives, the migration story, and contemporary language and cultural preservation programs emphasizing today’s Ojibwe children and future generations.
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