"'Aapchigwa n'miigwechwiaa Waabgegek. Gii kido “esna niishin kina ezhi-Anishinaabemying.' Debwemigad. Maanda mazinaigan n'wii aabajitoomin endaaying, kinomaagamigong miinwaa chi waaswaabang pii mikwendaminid gaa ezhiwebag chizhaazhagwa. Ottawa Stories from the Springs is an important work that will change the future of the Anishinaabe language. The honest summary of a lifetime of teaching, combined with extraordinary linguistic and storytelling experience, makes this book a gift to all current and future students and teachers. We will use this book in our homes, in our schools, and as an invaluable archival resource for Anishinaabe literature and history. The combination of cultural and historical information honors the speakers of the past and carries their voices into the future."
—Margaret Noodin, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
"These stories have spirit; I felt their spirit as I read them. I recognized the humorous and instructive rhythm of the stories I heard growing up in an Odawa household where the language was spoken. The voice in this collection is not often heard; it is the authentic voice of our elders spoken in their words. This collection is humorous and earthy while full of spirit; it is powerful. Miigwetch to Howard Webkamidad for his tireless efforts to bring this voice to the printed word."
—Eva L. Petoskey, Anishnaabekwe, Grand Traverse Band, Peshawbestown, Michigan