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Awesiinyensag
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Publisher: Wiigwaas Press
Pub. Date: 2010
ISBN-13: 9780983002505
Anton Treuer, Birchbark House
Awesiinyensag
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Awesiinyensag

by Anton Treuer et al.

Chosen as Minnesota’s Best Read for 2011 by the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress!

Awesiinyensag - dibaajimowinan ji-gikinoo'amaageng

Awesiinyensag presents original stories, written in Anishinaabemowin, that delight readers and language learners with the antics of animals who playfully deal with situations familiar to children in all cultures. Suitable for all ages, this book can be read aloud, assigned to classes, shared at language tables, gifted to elders, and enjoyed by those curious about the language and all who love Anishinaabemowin.

Authored by a team of twelve and richly illustrated by Ojibwe artist Wesley Ballinger, Awesiinyensag will be the first in a series created to encourage learning Anishinaabemowin, the language of Ojibwe people.  Awesiinyensag authors and editors are Nancy Jones, Eugene Stillday, Rose Tainter, Anna Gibbs, Marlene Stately, Anton Treuer, Keller Paap, Lisa LaRonge, Michael Sullivan, John Nichols, Lucia Bonacci, and Heather Fairbanks. The creation and publication of Awesiinyensag was made possible through partnership between the Minnesota Humanities Center and Birchbark House nonprofit. Funding for the project came through a National Endowment for the Humanities We the People grant.

Wiigwaas Press
is part of Birchbark House, a nonprofit founded by sisters Heid Erdrich and Louise Erdrich in 2008 in order to promote indigenous language revitalization through publications and programs. Information about Birchbark House nonprofit is available at www.birchbarkhouse.org.
Aapiji go ingii-minwendam agindamaan o’o mazina’igan, anishinaabewi-mazina’igan, abinoojiinyiwi-mazina’igan. Baatayiinowag ingiw anishinaabeg gaa-wiidookaazowaad o’o gii-ozhichigaadeg, aanind gii-dibaajimowag, aanind dash gii-ozhibii’igewag; ingiw gichi-aya’aag, weshki-aya’aawijig igaye, gikinoo’amaagewininiwag, gikinoo’amaagewikweg igaye. Gakina go onandawendaanaawaa i’iw ji-ozhitoowaad i’iw ge-naadamaagonid iniw odabinoojiimiwaan, weweni ji-nitaa-anishinaabemonid, ji-nitaa-agindamonid odinwewinini, weweni go ji-nitaaanishinaabewibii’aminid igaye. Awesiiyensag aajimaawag o’o mazina’iganing, mino-mazinaakizowag ingiw igaye."
—Dr. Rand Valentine, Native Language Instructors’ Program,
Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario
"Debwemigad pii awesiinyensag giigidowaad, “weweni wiijikiwenyindidaa gaye nisidotaadidaa!” O’ow mazina’igan n’gii-gichi-nendam pii gii-waamdamaan. Ongow netaa-ojibwemojig gii-zhibii’aanaawaan niizhwaaswi oshki-dibaajimowinan wii ji-gikinoo’amawindwaa miinwaa gikendamaan binoojiinyag miinwaa gitiziimag wii-maamawi-agindaasowaad. Gakina gegoo zhichigewag ongow awesiinyensag weweni ezhichigewaad ezhi-anishinaabemong: izhaawaad gikinoo’amaadiiwigamigong, manoominikewaad, negamowaad, bakobiigwaashkoniwaad mii dash abaasandekewaad, odaminowaad, niimiwaad miinwaa gikinjigwenidiwaad."
—Giiwedinoodin (Dr. Margaret Noori), Gabe-
gikendaasoowigamigong, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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