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Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak

3rd thursday, 5 pm - 5:30 pm

Boozhoo Anishinaabedoog! Welcome to Anishinaabe Radio! Hosted by Erik Redix, Ojibwe Language Coordinator for the Grand Portage Ojibwe, Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak features Ojibwe first speakers telling stories in English and Ojibwemowin—the Ojibwe Language. Stay tuned for new episodes every month, plus short stories from each interview on North Shore Morning.

Produced by Staci Drouillard, Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak is a partnership between the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and WTIP Community Radio and is funded in part by the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

February 4, 2024
Maajigwaneyaash: Remembering Deep Snow and Extreme Winters at Lac La Croix Erik Redix and Staci Drouillard

Maajigwaneyaash-Dr. Gordon Jourdain, recalls the days of deep snow and extreme temperatures at Lac La Croix First Nations when he was a child. We learn why rabbit skin socks are the best in bitter cold weather, and how conditions have changed since he was a young boy.
This story was first heard on Episode 8 of Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak–bilingual language programming on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

January 4, 2024
Maajigwaneyaash: Teachings on the Color And Taste Spectrum in Ojibwemowin Erik Redix and Staci Drouillard

Maajigwaneyaash–Dr. Gordon Jourdain, shares cultural teachings about Ojibwe words for the color and taste spectrum, which have different prefixes and cultural origins, based on the regional dialect.
This story was first heard in Episode 8 of Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.
(Photo of Maajigwaneyaash by Erik Redix.)

December 29, 2023
Azhe giwe Niibin — Maajigwayneyaash on Winter Solstice and the Return of Summer Erik Redix and Staci Drouillard

In this short story from Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak, Maajigwayneyaash–Dr. Gordon Jourdain, describes how his grandmother would keep time by following the phases of the moon. We learn the context of azhe giwe Niibin–or the return of summer, as it relates to the Winter Solstice, when the days begin to get longer.

Photo of Maajigwayneyaash and Erik Redix courtesy of Erik Redix.

Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak is created by WTIP, in partnership with the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe and the Blandin Foundation.

November 16, 2023
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak Episode 24 Erik Redix and Staci Drouillard

In this bi-lingual Ojibwe language program Erik Redix talks with Maajigwaneyaash, Dr. Gordon Jourdain, who shares the fate of the Lac la Croix ponies and tells the story of his father’s horse logging operation. We also get a lesson about physics words as well as Dr. Jourdain’s thoughts on language preservation.

October 20, 2023
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak Ep. 23 – Maajigwaneyaash Erik Redix and Staci Drouillard

Maajigwaneyaash–Dr. Gordon Jourdain, grew up at Lac La Croix First Nations and is a first speaker of Ojibwemowin. In this episode Maajigwaneyaash speaks with Erik Redix about the Anishinaabe history of what is now Quetico Provincial Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. He also talks about going hunting for bine–partridge, when he was a young boy at Lac La Croix.

July 20, 2023
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak – Episode 22 – Lee Staples and Chato Gonzales Part II Erik Redix and Staci Drouillard

Hosted by Erik Redix, Grand Portage Ojibwe Language Coordinator, Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak is a bilingual program featuring first speakers telling stories in Ojibwemowin and English. Erik’s guests for Episode 22 are Obizaan–Lee Staples, a Mille Lacs elder and his assistant Chato Gonzales. Obizaan shares teachings about gichichagonan–the spirit within, and why going to ceremony and learning and speaking Ojibwemowin is so important for Anishinaabe people.

June 15, 2023
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak Episode 21 – Mille Lacs elder Obizaan (Lee Staples) and Chato Gonzales

Program host Erik Redix recently visited with Obizaan–Lee Staples, a Mille Lacs elder and monolingual/first speaker of Anishinaabemowin. In this episode Obizaan’s apprentice Chato Gonzales translates what Obizaan has to say about teaching respect for all things–our elders, the animals, trees, the water–and how he believes that these cultural beliefs about teaching and learning respect relate to the National problem of gun violence and mass shootings.

April 20, 2023
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak – Episode 20 Staci Drouillard

Maajigwaneyaash–Dr. Gordon Jourdain talks with Erik Redix about humor and laughter as a part of storytelling, going to sugarbush with his mom at Lac la Croix and the Ojibwe name for Lac la Croix which is Negwaakwaan zaaga’iganing. He also explains the Ojibwe origins of the name Atikokan, a town in Ontario, Canada.

Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak is a partnership between the Grand Portage Ojibwe and WTIP Community Radio. With thanks to the Grand Portage Band and the Blandin Foundation.

March 16, 2023
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak – Episode 19 – Nancy Jones, Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nations Erik Redix and Staci Drouillard

Erik Redix talks with Nancy Jones, Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nations elder and language teacher. She talks about the spiritual power of women, finding Eagle feathers and why the Cedar tree is significant for Ojibwe families.

With thanks to the Blandin Foundation for their support of culture and history features on WTIP.

February 16, 2023
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak Episode 18 – Nancy Jones

In Episode 18, Erik Redix talks with Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nations elder and first speaker Nancy Jones. She shares stories about netting whitefish, weaving and caring for nets, and traditional ways of storing food for the winter. She also talks about how winter nights are an important part of teaching and learning about the night sky and predicting the weather, based on animal sounds and other observations.

February 1, 2023
Maajigwaneyaash on being a Journeyman Carpenter; told in both English And Ojibwemowin

In this bilingual story, Maajigwaneyaash – Dr. Gordon Jourdan – remembers learning carpentry and house building skills from a builder/mentor at Lac La Croix First Nations in Ontario. The full story is told in both English and Ojibwemowin.
This was first heard on Episode 8 of Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak is produced in partnership with the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe, with help from the Blandin Foundation.

January 19, 2023
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak – Episode 17

It’s Episode 17 with professor and author Anton Treuer, Ojibwe Language Instructor at Bemidji State University. He and Erik Redix talk about the various tools that are now available to language learners, introduces us to the importance of morphemes (root words) in Ojibwemowin and gives the definitive answer to the question, “Is Ojibwe the most difficult language to learn in the world?”

December 16, 2022
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak – Episode 16

What is the current state of Ojibwe Language revitalization? In Episode 16 of Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak, host Erik Redix discusses this question with Bemidji State University Ojibwe Language Professor Anton Treuer. He shares some examples of how the Ojibwe language conveys a uniquely descriptive world view and leaves us pondering the role that language revitalization plays in defining who we are as Ojibwe people.

Photo by Staci Drouillard for WTIP Radio, 2022.

November 18, 2022
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak – Episode 15 Staci Drouillard

We’re once again joined by Maajigwaneyaash, Dr. Gordon Jourdain. In this episode Dr. Jourdain talks about seasonal traditions like harvesting manoomin and maple sap, and gathering firewood, in preparation for biboon–winter.

Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak is produced by WTIP Community Radio, in partnership with the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe.

October 25, 2022
Anishinaaabe Bizindamoo Makak – Episode 14

In Episode 14 of Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak, we welcome Maajigwaneyaash, Dr. Gordon Jourdain. He shares the story of how his great-great grandfather walked from Lac la Croix to Fort Francis, Ontario to trade furs and reveals the great importance of Thunder Bay to Ojibwe speaking Anishinaabe people.

Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak is a partnership between the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe and WTIP.

September 15, 2022
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak – Episode 13

Karen Drift is a Nett Lake elder and first language speaker of Ojibwemowin. She talks to program host Erik Redix about the Ojibwe naming ceremony and the role that dreams and visions play in giving a baby an Ojibwe name. She also speaks about the importance of learning and speaking the Ojibwe language all throughout one’s life–from childhood to the end of a person’s life.

August 18, 2022
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak — Episode 12 — Manoominike Erik Redix

Manoominike da! Let’s go ricing! In this segment, Erik speaks with Nett Lake elder Karen Drift and her grandson Perry, about the ricing tradition. She shares stories about ricing at Nett Lake when she was a girl, the Ojibwe words and phrases for this annual tradition and talks about the role of dreams in predicting the rice harvest in the fall.

July 14, 2022
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak – An Interview with Host Erik Redix Staci Drouillard

Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak is a monthly program hosted by Grand Portage Ojibwe Language Coordinator Erik Redix. WTIP producer Staci Drouillard interviewed Erik about the show and the work he does as a teacher of Ojibwemowin and the work being done throughout Ojibwe country toward language revitalization.

Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak is supported by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

May 19, 2022
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak – Episode 11 with Karen Drift

We continue the conversation with Karen Drift, elder from Nett Lake and life-long Ojibwe language teacher and learner. In this episode she explains the many ways of teaching the language, shares some family history about her grandmother Rose Beargrease and explains why efforts toward language preservation and revitalization are so important.

Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak is a production of WTIP, and is produced in partnership with the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

April 21, 2022
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak Episode 10 – Karen Drift Erik Redix

In Episode 10, Erik Redix speaks with Nett Lake elder Karen Drift, who shares late-winter Naniboujou stories about how birds chose their colors long ago, how the snake and the frog showed the Anishinaabe people where to find medicine to treat Poison Ivy and how the Red Willow got its name.

Photo of Karen Drift with Red Willow, from video by Erik Redix.

March 17, 2022
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak Episode 9

In Episode 9 of Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak, Dr. Gordon Jourdain talks with Erik about preparing for the arrival of a new baby and the cultural significance of the naming ceremony. Pictured is Maajigwaneyaash, Dr. Gordon Jourdain.

February 17, 2022
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak Episode 8 Staci Drouillard

In Episode 8 of Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak Maajigwaneyaash–Dr. Gordon Jourdain explores the Ojibwe words for colors, remembers winter at Lac la Croix and shares how he learned the art of building houses, all in Ojibwemowin. Pictured: Dr. Gordon Jourdain and host Erik Redix, via Zoom.

December 16, 2021
Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak Episode 7

In Episode 7, Dr. Gordon Jourdain speaks about his new role at the Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Immersion School at Lac Courte Oreilles, and about the different Ojibwe words for December and January, including a story about the traditional ways of keeping time based on the cycles of the moon. This bilingual program airs monthly and is a partnership between the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe and WTIP Community Radio.

Listen to every episode at: Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak

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Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak Episode 6

Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak is a bilingual program that features Ojibwe first speakers telling stories in Ojibwemowin and English. In Episode 6, Dr. Gordon Jourdain discusses the importance of raptors in Ojibwe culture and what he calls “the dichotomy of thought.” Hosted by Erik Redix, the series is a partnership between the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe and WTIP North Shore Radio.

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Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak Episode 5

In Episode 5 of Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak, host Erik Redix speaks with Dr. Gordon Jourdain about community differences and similarities and the traditional use of asemaa, known as tobacco, which we learn doesn’t translate directly into the English language.

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Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak Episode 4

Host Erik Redix continues his conversation with Cook County School Ojibwe Language teacher Martina Wigwas, who is from Gull Bay First Nations, Ontario. In this segment she shares day-to-day life stories in English and Ojibwemowin, and discusses how views on disciplining children differ for those raised with a traditional, Ojibwe world view. Martina also talks about the various stages of life, and the lessons present in each level of experience.

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Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak Episode 3

Host Erik Redix talks with Cook County Schools Ojibwe Language teacher Martina Wigwas, who is from Gull Bay First Nations, Ontario. Martina talks about her holistic approach to teaching, incorporating language lessons that are relevant to Ojibwe traditional skills, family life and cultural traditions.

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Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak Episode 2

In Episode 2, Erik Redix continues his conversation with Maajiigwaneyaash–Dr. Gordon Jourdain. He shares his family connection to Grand Portage, relates the history of the Anishinaabe village that was once at the center of Quetico Park and discusses the spiritual significance of Ojibwemowin–the Ojibwe language.

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Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak Episode 1

Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak Episode 1, with host Erik Redix. In this inaugural episode, Fond du Lac Language Specialist Dr. Gordon Jourdain tells the story of “Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak,” and the importance of radio communications when he was growing up at Lac La Croix. He then gives the deeper meaning of bizindaw–the act of listening. Miigwech for tuning in!

Anishinaabe Bizindamoo Makak is a partnership between the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and WTIP Community Radio. The series is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.