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Charlie Smith

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Boozhoo Giinawaa!

Nenaaw indizhinikaaz. Charles Smith indizhi-gikenimigoo. Mii maa Bapashkominitigong gaa-tazhi-nitaawigiyaan. Nigikinoo’amaagoog chi-aya’aag ji-ojibwemoyaan miinawaa ingikinoo’amaagoog Ojibwetwaawin. Misi-zaaga’iganing onzikaamagad bangii gaa-pi-nisidotamaan Ojibwemowin miinawaa Ojibwetaawin. Ingii-maajii-nandagikendaan ojibwemowin iwapii gaa-shi-zhaangasobiboonagiziyaan. Mii dash gaa-izhi-gagaanzomiwaad zhimaaganishag, ogichidaag ji-giigidoyaan maa Ogichidaa-niimi’iding miinawaa mikwenimindwaa zhimaaganishag. Mii ikeyaa gaa-pi-miinigoowiziyaan ji-ganoondamawag niij-anishinaabem ji-gaagiidotamaan maawanji’iding, ji-apagizomag asemaa. Mii sa iw. 


My Ojibwe name is Nenaaw. I am known as Charles Smith. I was raised in the village Bapashkominitig, the bald island on Fond du Lac. Elders taught me how to speak Ojibwe and teach me about our way of life as Ojibwe people. The little that I have come to understand the Ojibwe language and culture primarily comes from Mille Lacs. I started learning the Ojibwe language when I was 19 years old. The veterans from my community encouraged me to learn my language to speak at the Veteran’s Pow Wow and the Veteran Memorials. That’s how I was given the ability to get up and speak for people, open meetings and to use tobacco. 

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