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GLIFWC NEWS Second round of Anishinaabe language booklets set for summer release Sponsored by a grant from the Administration for Native Americans the Nenda-gikendamang Ningo-biboonigag we seek to learn throughout the year language booklets entitled Ziigwan are almost ready for release. Copies will be distributed for free to the 11 GLIFWC member tribes as well as project partners over the course of summer 2016. This second set is in the same three-book format as the previous Biboon winter edition with a storybook activity bookandbilingualteacherparent edition. The Ziigwan spring story- book picks up where Biboon left off.NigigfindsMakwawakingup hungryfromhiswintersleep.Nigig takes Makwa iskigamiziganing to the sugarbush and with the help of their many friends makes syrupandmaplesugarcandy.After gathering at the sugar bush the team continues to go set gill nets and spear fish by torchlight. The activitybookfollowsthestoryline giving readers a chance to explore and practice some of the terminol- ogy used during these springtime harvests. The series is being created to give children in grades K-5 access tomonolinguallanguagematerials both within and outside of a classroom setting. With the inclusion of the bilingual parentteacher edition this series can be used by people of all ages specifically to create fun interaction between adults and children who want to learn the language of our ancestors. This series is being designed so that people of various skill levels within the language are able to use it. Although written educational materials can be useful tools in acquiring inwewininaan our language nothing will ever be able replace our fluent speakers.This is why LarryAmik Smallwood a fluent-speaking tribal member from Mille Lacs has extensively overseen all of the language used throughout this project. In order to make the information more publically available we have also created an interactive website so that kids are able to access language materials at home as well as on the go. The website includes interactive kids games printable PDF files and a digital storyline flipbook. Language staff will add updates as the project proceeds. The site can be accessed on computers and most mobile devices at www.GLIFWC-inwe.com. Join Nigig and friends as they explore Anishnaabeg cultural activities which have been done around the Great Lakes region for thousands of years By Levi Tadgerson ANA Language Specialist Assistant bed in a disorderly fashion not only decreases the yield for subsequent harvesters that season but may also decrease the volume of future harvests due to perceived spiritual transgressions. Manoominprotectionisimportanttoensurethattheresourcewillbeavailable to future Anishinaabe in the quantities needed for continued practice of Ojibwe culture and lifeways. As stated before manoomin is essential to Ojibwe history and culture. Modern and future ceremonies and other spiritual practices will still need signifi- cant sources of manoomin and its absence may alter Anishinaabe culture and lifeways. The First Nations Development Institute recently awarded GLIFWC a one- year grant totaling more than 31000. The grant supports a new project called ManoominThe Good Berry which aims to strengthen tribal food systems by increasing awareness of local tribal wild rice harvesters and their products within all 11 GLIFWC member tribes communities. Project staffincluding Coordinator LaTisha Coffin and Community Dieti- tian Owen Holly Maroneyare working with regional tribal wild rice harvesters to build entrepreneurial skills to promote their products within their communi- ties. Wild rice harvesters and project staff are also developing plans for wild rice demonstrations involving tribal youth-based programs. The demonstrations will provide the opportunity for tribal harvesters and project staff to work with native youth to better understand the cultural importance of wild rice demonstrate how the good berry is harvested and processed and collaborate in a hands-on cooking demonstration of a healthy and delicious wild rice-based recipe. This project encourages tribal members to support local and tribal producers to create personal connections to traditional food said Maroney. We highlight the value of Anishinaabe traditional lifeways strengthening local tribal econo- mies through a sustainable enterprise and supporting local tribal food systems by working with tribal youth and participating in local community events such as health fairs. This project is part of First Nations Development Institutes Native Agricul- ture and Food Systems Initiative program. Funding for the grant originates with Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community through their Seeds of Native Health campaign. Please contact Owen Holly Maroney at 715-685-2147 or LaTisha Coffin at 715-625-2128 with any questions concerning the ManoominThe Good Berry project. Check GLIFWCs Facebook page for updates and announcements for upcoming demonstrations. GLIFWC awarded First Nations grant Promotes tribal ricers connects with youth programs By GLIFWC Staff Wesley Ballinger GLIFWC Ojibwemowin specialist met with two dozen educators at Bayfield School District to showcase a new language project Nenda-gikendamang ningo-biboonagak. Ballinger pictured with Diane DeFoe provided an orientation to GLIFWCs activity booklets and comple- menting website. Melissa Rasmussen photo Merging science with TEK Continued from page 6 MAZINAIGAN PAGE 20 SUMMER 2016