Waswaaganige: Bezhig

Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Lesson 3

 

aanzawaadagaa — s/he swims in a school
Aanzawaadagaawag da-aamiwaad jiigaya`ii agaming wapii ziigwang ingiw ogaawag.           
Walleye move close to the shore to spawn during the springtime.

 

aamiwag — be spawning
Aamiwag dibikadinig ingiw ogaawag. 
The walleye spawn at night. 

 

waaswaa — s/he spears fish by torchlight
Mii o`apii waa-waaswaawaad Anishinaabeg.
This is the time when Anishinaabe spears for fish.  

  spearing

niibawi — s/he is standing
Niigaan niibawi ayaabajitood i`iw anit.          
The spearer stands at the front.

 

waasakonenjigan — lamp     
Waasakonenjigan odaabajitoon waaswaad.    
He used a lamp to shine a light on the water.

 

oshkiizhig — eye
Waasakoneni oshkiizhigowaan zakaasoondwaa ogaawag.     

The walleye’s eye will reflect off the light from the lamp.

 

waabam — see someone       
Waasakonenjigan odaabajitoon waabamaad ogaan.    
He uses the light to see the walleye.  

spearfsihing2

 

bazhibaw — spear someone
Weweni obazhibawaan bebezhig ogaan.        
He will carefully spear each walleye.

 

anit — spear
Ginwaamagadini anit. 
The spear handle is long.

 

miikwa` — strike someone from a distance
Ginwaamagadini da-de-miikwa`waad ogaan.
The spear handle is long, so that the spearer can reach the walleye.

 

maajiishkaamagad — be in motion
Weweni maajiishkaamagad jiimaan da-zegi’aasiwaawaad ogaan.       
They move slowly along in the boat, so that they do not scare the fish away.

debibizh — take hold of someone
Gaa-tebibinaad ogaan, makakoong odasaan da-dibaabiiginindwaa.    
After he spears the walleye, he will put the fish into a tub so that it can be measured.

       

mindido — s/he is big
Nawaj mindido a’aw wayaakoged aniish a`aw naabe ogaa.   
The female walleye is larger than the male walleye.  

 

inigini — s/he is of a certain size
Daye iniginid a`aw ogaa eta mamaa.  
You can only spear walleye of a certain size.

 

ogaa — walleye
Mii eta naabe ogaa memaajin a`aw Anishinaabe.       
The Anishinaabe tries to spear only the male walleye.