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Activate the Clans

It is time we activated the clans. Red Lake Clans are unique Anishinabe institutions and can be service organizations that can solve problems in ways that belong uniquely to the Red Lake Anishinabeg. There are a number of questions that need to be answered in order to activate the clans: Is there a need for the clans that is not being filled now? Much (but not all) of the...

 

My Hero In Red Lake

I have many heroes in Red Lake, some great, some small, but I would like to write about the one who I think exemplifies the best qualities found in true Red Lakers. Maydwaygwanonind or He Who Is Spoken To His Anishinabe name was Mādwāgwănōnĭnd. His translated name is “He Who Is Spoken To”. The funny thing is,...

 

The US 1940 Census and Red Lake

Once there was an old Head Chief in Red Lake. His name was Maydwaygwanonind. Roughly translated, I believe his name meant “He who is spoken to”. Family legend has it that this was because when there was a tribal council in the old days that everyone would have their say and at the end they would ask him what he thought....

 

Sacred and/or Secret

An anthropologist friend asked me the following question: “I’m teaching Indians of North America this year. One of my students (Anglo) objected to another student’s presentation, because she showed a film clip of a Crow elder, which also included a clip from the sun dance (re-created). He says the sun dance should never be shown. What is your opinion?” This causes me...

 

Red Lake, Oral Tradition, and Other Forms of Cultural Information Transmission

Have you ever played the game “Telephone”? You gather a bunch of people in a circle and the first person whispers a phrase to the next person and so on until the phrase comes around to the first person again. The rules are you can only whisper the phrase once and once you’ve heard the phrase you have to whisper what you think you heard as correctly as you can to the next...

 

Redby Episcopal Cemetery

I asked mom if we could stop at the Episcopal cemetery before we went home as I wanted to look at May Dway Gwo No Nind`s grave. The cemetery is right next to the highway, a couple of blocks west of downtown Redby. It is kitty-corner from the Art Thunder Memorial Ballpark. Even though it is next to the highway, there is a peaceful feeling here. One I find in other cemeteries...

 

Responsibility

Responsibility. To me, responsibility means the ability to respond. If something bad (or good) happens, and we are responsible for it, we must be ready to respond as a part of the consequences. President George W said that he was responsible for bad intelligence for starting the war in Iraq. He also said that he was responsible for failures in dealing with hurricane Katrina....

 

More on Red Lake Clans

Adolescent elephants can often get into a lot of trouble when not supervised. They do things like harass and sometimes kill Rhinos in their “neighborhood”. But if you put them together with an old bull they tend to settle down. Our human condition is a bit more complicated, but I assume that if mom asked a number of male members from her dodem to find some creative ways to...

 

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