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Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa - "I'm connected with all the living things around me."

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On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa we welcome back Nancy Jones, a respected elder from Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation near Fort Frances, Ontario.

She has worked for many years as a teacher and cultural advisor for schools and language revitalization programs in Ontario, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

She shares knowledge about being connected with the earth and the things on it – the rocks, the trees, the water, the animals, and other people in the community – and that it is vital to give them proper respect. Other topics include concepts of Anishinaabe religion, and offering children "time in" rather than giving them "time out."

Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa is produced by KUMD and the Department of American Indian Studies at UMD, with funding provided in part by the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, and by The Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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