Ojibwe Language

I mean, that's the goal...You want the next generation to improve and do better. So for the future, I see more Ojibwe language being spoken, I see more people practicing our ceremonies, I see our people practicing more physical health and diet health, I see us working together diligently and while not only improving our Red Lake community, but improving our northern Minnesota community because Red Lake has always been a valuable asset to this region of Minnesota.

- Thomas Barrett, Executive Director of Red Lake Boys and Girls Club. 

Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo: Memorial Day

May 26, 2020

Today Nana Boozhoo teaches us to say "to remember the day" or Memorial Day in Ojibwe.  He also teaches us about the traditions of feasts in the Ojibwe culture.

Northern Voices: Oshkii Giizhik Singers

Apr 20, 2020

Today Leah Lemm talks with the Oshkii Gizhik Singers as they go through the process of learning a new song and then recording it at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. They have quite a special project going on.  They are recording older Native American songs that were recorded by Frances Denmore at the turn of the 20th century.

Our friends Nana Boozhoo and Natasha teach us how to ask the great spirit a question speaking the Ojbiwe language.  "I have a question" -(Nin ayaan gagwedwewin).

Michael Lyons is an artist, musician and mastermind between our friends Nana Boozhoo and Natasha - together they make the puppet show for youTube and the radio Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo.

...the first language speakers are the ones that are elderly and they're passing on to the next world, so it's a  scary time for a lot of a lot of tribal nations to try to scramble to figure out what to do. So there's a lot of amazing work going on right now in language revitalization. You'll see it more and more in schools. - Erika Bailey-Johnson

Learning Ojibwe for Honesty

Mar 10, 2020
Michael Lyons

Today on Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo we learn the Ojibwe word for honesty when we call Bigfoot at home and find out about the Seven Grandfather Teachings. 

Michael Lyons is the creative mastermind behind the Ojibwe puppet series for YouTube and now for KAXE/KBXE's airwaves Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo.  Our thanks to his contributions.  Find out more about it and see the this week's video:

I had the pleasure of a visit to Deer River High School last week to hear about the preparations and the meaning behind this Saturday's Picking Roses Round Dance and Fashion Show.  Everyone is invited and welcome.

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Today our puppet friends Natasha and Nana Boozhoo teach us "ZAAGAATE" - It Is Sunny.

This Week's Video 

Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo is created by Michael Lyons and made possible on KAXE/KBXE by the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo - "Gisinaa" It's Cold

Feb 18, 2020
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Today our puppet friends Natasha and Nana Boozhoo teach us GISINAA - It's Cold.

Check out this week's video

Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo is created by Michael Lyons and made possible on KAXE/KBXE by the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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It's the month of February and time to learn some Ojibwe language.  Today our puppet friends Natasha and Nana Boozhoo teach us NAMEBINI-GIIZIS "SUCKER-FISH MOON".  Boozhoo Nana Boozhoo is created by Michael Lyons and made possible on KAXE/KBXE by the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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