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Ottawa Stories from the Springs
Anishinaabe dibaadjimowinan wodi gaa binjibaamigak wodi mookodjiwong e zhinikaadek
Edited by Howard Webkamigad
Sometimes things come to people out of the blue and seemingly for a reason. The Anishinaabe word for this is nigika. The stories contained in this collection reached Howard Webkamigad nearly eighty years after they were recorded, after first being kept in their original copper wire format by the American Philosophical Society and later being converted onto cassettes and held by Dr. James McClurken of Michigan State University. These rich tales, recorded by Anishinaabe people in the Harbor Springs area of Michigan, draw on the legends, fables, trickster stories, parables, and humor of Anishinaabe culture. Reaching back to the distant past but also delving into more recent events, this book contains a broad swath of the history of the Ojibwe/Chippewa, Ottawa, Pottawatomi, Algonkian, Abenaki, Saulteau, Mashkiigowok/Cree, and other groups that make up the broad range of the Anishinaabe-speaking peoples. Provided here are original stories transcribed from Anishinaabe-language recordings alongside Howard Webkamigad’s English translations. These stories not only provide a textured portrait of a complex people but also will help Anishinaabe-language learners see patterns in the language and get a sense of how it flows. Featuring side-by-side Anishinaabe/English translations.
Publication Date: May 1st, 2015
250 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Howard Webkamigad was born and raised in wiikwemikooNsing, which is an area of the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve located on the eastern end of Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada. He teaches the Anishinaabe language at Algoma University.

Early Praise

"'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



Book AwardHistorical Society of Michigan State History Award
$24.95 USD
ISBN: 9781611861372

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