By Maude Kegg
Maude Kegg's thoughts construct a bridge to a time while development birch-bark wigwams and harvesting turtles have been nonetheless a part of the standard lifetime of a local woman within the mid-west. during this bilingual publication, this elder of the Minnesota Anishinaabe reminisces approximately her adolescence. An English translation of every tale seems to be on pages dealing with the unique Ojibwe textual content, and the editor John Nicholds has incorporated a whole Ojibwe-English word list with examine aids.
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Miish aanind, miish azhigwa opiniin giizhiginid miinawaa ezhi-maajaayaang, babaamawinzoyaang. Mii go ingiw bebezhigooganzhiig gichi-ziibiing iko ingii-izhi-mawinzomin. Bagiwayaanegamig omaajiidoonaawaa. Mii iwidi mawinzoyaang waaadaawaageyaang iniw miinan. Miish akeyaa bakwezhiganan ezhiadaawewaad, miinawaa ziinzibaakwad, miinawaa adaawewaad aniibiish, makade-mashkikiwaaboo,9 ge-wii-miijiwaad igo. Miinawaa ishkwaa-mawinzoyaang, mii ezhi-biidooyaang aanind. Mii ezhi-gibaakobidood nookomis maagizhaa gaye ninoshenh.
I don't remember how she made that sap-boiling lodge. It looked like a house. In the middle she put up what's called an iskigamizigcinciak 'sap boiling frame'. She put up four sticks, [two] on each end, they put them up. They laid a stick across [each set of end poles]. Then they chopped some short sticks and carefully peeled them [to go over the cross sticks]. The kettle hangers were [attached to them] there. The kettle hangers were really nice. That's where the kettles hung. One kettle hung there at the front.
Miish ezhi-aazhawaakosidoowaad imaa i'iw mitig. Miish miinawaa odadaakwaakoga'aanaawaan wawiinge gaye obishagikodaanaawaan iniw mitigoon. Miish imaa iniw agoodakikwaanan ayaamagak. Enda-onizhishinoon iniw agoodakikwaanan.  Miish2 ingiw akikoog agoojinowaad. Bezhig a'aw akik niigaanagoojin iwidi. Miish imaa ani-ziiginamowaad apane go imaa inizhiiwaagamideg i'iw. Mii ezhi-zhiiwaagamiziganikewaad.  Miish azhigwa giizhigamideg, mii i'iw ziinzibaakwad, ziinzibaakwad azhigwa zhiiwaagamideg. 12 At the Sugar Camp      And a long time ago we used to live far away.
Portage Lake: Memories of an Ojibwe Childhood by Maude Kegg