Shopping cart is empty.

Birchbark Blog

Unconquered

Louise Erdrich - Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Walter R. Echo-Hawk, a hero of persistence and one of the most thoughtful and engaging of writers, takes on the 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided in the book I am reading now.  In the Courts of the Conqueror is written with such passion, wit, and candor that I literally can't put this book down.  Even though it is heavy.  True, it is painful to come to terms with the truth about what happens in the court system, particularly the Supreme Court.  It is even more difficult to resist the flow of history and precedent and re-imaging a society based on justice.  Patricia N. Limerick says in her introduction that this book is "an effective challenge to the fatalistic school of history."  As such, while reading it you may be outraged and startled -- but the fact that it, and the writer, exist and fight on gives one hope.  Plus, a fascinating read.  

Nobody but Gerald Vizenor could write the words "cosmoprimitive casino series", or "mongrel driving schools", or describe the Band Box Diner and capture with such skewed energy what it means to be an Indian, an Anishinaabe, a human being on and off the White Earth Reservation here in Minnesota.  Shrouds of White Earth is another wildly laudable work by our master ironist.  A meditation on Native Art, Marc Chagall, George Morrison, The Gallery of Irony Dogs, and too much else to mention, this book is a small feast just in time for our favorite holiday -- whatever else happened on that fateful pilgrim afternoon I am thankful for Visioner, I mean Vizenor.  

Can you take The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book?  It isn't funny, and the pictures are brutal, but that's the real history and Gord Hill tells it in quick takes.  This book is packed with information and particularly valuable for the information on resistence in British Columbia at Ts'peten and at Aazhoodena.

Lyrical, moving, quiet and profound, the photographs taken by John Willis on Pine Ridge are that rare artifact -- art that increases the dignity and beauty of the subject while remaining honest.  Mr. Willis spent many years visiting and revisiting the people and places he photographed.  There is a clear, deep love in many of these images.  Views from the Reservation is a large photography book, a collection, but you wouldn't put it on your coffee table.  I carry my copy from place to place in the house because even the endpapers provoke meditation.  

First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language

Birchbark Books - Monday, November 01, 2010
Narrated by Louise Erdrich.  Featuring Anton Treuer.
From Twin Cities Public Television.

The entire show can now be viewed online! http://www.tpt.org/?a=productions&id=3

A language is lost every fourteen days. One of those endangered tongues is Minnesota’s own Ojibwe language. Now a new generation of Ojibwe scholars and educators are racing against time to save the language. Working with the remaining fluent-speaking Ojibwe elders, they hope to pass the language on to the next generation. But can this language be saved?  Told by Ojibwe elders, scholars, writers, historians and teachers, this tpt original production is filled with hope for the future.
Find all airdates here.

Video preview:


About First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language

As recent as World War II, the Ojibwe language (referred to as ojibwemowin in Ojibwe) was the language of everyday life for the Anishinaabe and historically the language of the Great Lakes fur trade.  Now this indigenous language from where place names like Biwabik, Sheboygan and Nemadji State Forest received their names is endangered.

The loss of land and political autonomy, combined with the damaging effects of U.S government policies aimed at assimilating Native Americans through government run boarding schools, have led to the steep decline in the use of the language.  Anton Treuer, historian, author and professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and featured in First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language, estimates there are fewer than one thousand fluent Ojibwe speakers left in the United States, mostly older and concentrated in small pockets in northern Minnesota with fewer than one hundred speakers in Wisconsin, Michigan and North Dakota combined.

Treuer is a part of a new generation of Ojibwe scholars and educators who are now racing against time to save the language and the well-being of their communities.  Narrated by acclaimed Ojibwe writer, Louise Erdrich, First Speakers tells their contemporary and inspirational story.  Working with the remaining fluent Ojibwe speaking elders, the hope is to pass the language on to the next generation.  As told through Ojibwe elders, scholars, writers, historians and teachers, this TPT original production reveals some of the current strategies and challenges that are involved in trying to carry forward the language.

First Speakers takes viewers inside two Ojibwe immersion schools: Niigaane Ojibwemowin Immersion School on the Leech Lake Reservation near Bena, Minnesota and the Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Immersion Charter School on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation near Hayward, Wisconsin. In both programs, students are taught their academic content from music to math entirely in the Ojibwe language and within the values and traditional practices of the Ojibwe culture. Unique to the schools is the collaboration between fluent speaking elders and the teachers who have learned Ojibwe as their second language.

First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language provides a window into their innovative and intergenerational learning experience and the language they are determined to save.


Canoe Family

Recent PostsRSS


Tags

Chitra Divakaruni Anishinabe Afghanistan Catalyst Magers and Quinn leaves and snow show your love thank you friends Crushing Books Gary Clement green Wolf Hall The Royal Prussian Library Tree Houses Population Unnatural Disasters The Birchbark House Stephen Salisbury favorite book Small Bookstores as Commons germany joy Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge Wendy Makoons Geniusz support fresh water thanks Canada 350.org Native People State Troopers friends Brown Dog book and dinner club gratitude The Porcupine Year Islam Native Arts Peak Oil Bleak House Minnesota anniversary Too Loud A Solitude Chickadee language revitalization The Blue Sky Tar Sands devoted customers British Navy twins Makoons buffalo neighborhood Video Minneapolis Anton Treuer bill mckibben Alice Munro Poetry Climate Change E.L. Doctorow how good looking you are favorite tree Let's Take the Long Way Home Hilary Mantel Fireworks spring Dogs gardens france euphoria Love Louise Philip Roth Jim Harrison cafe adventure italy Rare Books Mohamed's Ghosts Dartmouth boarding school Kabul School Gardens tree books Light in August sweden Zombies north dakota Aza trees peculiar touches of green and gold Aubrey/Maturin The Farmer's Daughter Bohumil Hrabal Nero pilgrims Ice National Book Award mississippi Kenwood Gardens Hillary Clinton Botany the most romantic city in the world World on the Edge plants city of books Ojibwemowin Vic Glover The Resilient Gardener Bill Moyers Journal Victory Gardens health care reform post holiday Education William Trevor NACDI:All My Relations Gryphon Press Ha Jin local economy President Obama ptsd This Green World Anishinabemowin Roberto Bolano coyote photography Peak Water S.C. Gwynne aquifer Women and Trees Keepers of the Trees H2Oil favorite dog Interview Empire of the Summer Moon 2666 Kate DiCamillo Book Review japan Milkweed Press solstice, Thomas King china Birchbark Books Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive post holiday reads ependent Nemesis incarnation The Transition Handbook Gail Caldwell Remarkable Trees Easter Island The Game of Silence Too Much Happiness customers Ojibwe More Remarkable Trees Collective Denial Mankato Powwow birchbark house series Emily Johnson The Wealth of Nature knowledge cafe closing ireland Keystone XL Beth Dooley Pembina Green Team The Ojibwe Michael Jackson Up Late Again Greenland monkey in a dryer Wastepaper Patrick O'Brian Czech Writer graphix Alan Weisman

Archive