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A language carries a people's memories, whether they are recounted as individual reminiscences, as communal history, or as humorous tales.


In Living Our Language, Anton Treuer has collected stories from ten Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) elders living on the Leech Lake, White Earth, Mille Lacs, Red Lake, and St. Croix Reservations, presenting their words here in the original Ojibwe with English translations on the facing page.


Treuer introduces each elder, offering a brief biography and noting important details concerning dialect or theme; then he allows the stories to speak for themselves.

Living Our Language

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