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Akawe Niwii-tibaajim

Akawe Niwii-tibaajim

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Edited by Anton Treuer and Michael Sullivan Sr.

Illustrated by Steve Premo

Minnesota Historical Society Press (September 29, 2020)


Written in the Ojibwe language, these original reminiscences of elders of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe bring to life the creative genius of some of Ojibwe country's most gifted storytellers.

In eighty brief nonfiction stories, elders of the Mille Lacs Band transmit a storehouse of experience and memories, wisdom and foolishness, and complex identity. Join Waasigwan (Shining Feather) as he navigates racism against African Americans in an Ojibwe community, learn about the cultural nuances of an Ojibwe naming ceremony, and experience the deeper meanings in the Ojibwe wild rice harvest. These are the stories that make us who we are. Akawe Niwii-tibaajim (First of All, I’m Telling a Story) is written for teachers, students, and Ojibwe language and culture enthusiasts ages fourteen and above.

Aanjibimaadizing, which means “Changing Lives,” is a program of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Through the Aanjibimaadizing Project, 15 first speakers have teamed with linguists, teachers, and Ojibwe language experts to create this new literature for Ojibwe language learners. Conceived and presented only in Ojibwe, the stories reflect a rare authenticity as they transmit cultural values, increase vocabulary, and reinforce identity.

Also of interest:
Anooj Inaajimod
Ge-ni-aabadak Giniigaaniiminaang

Author information

Anton Treuer, professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University, is the author of The Language Warrior’s Manifesto and fourteen other books on Indigenous history and language.

Michael Sullivan Sr. is the resident linguist for the Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Immersion School on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation.

Steve Premo, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, is a graphic designer, illustrator, and fine artist.

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  • Paperback, 184 pages, 100 b/w illustrations
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • ISBN: 9781681341798

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