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Asiniin (Minerals)

The following handout was written for a youth activity at the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History in November of 2007 and has been edited to be used again in November 2008.

The Anishinaabeg have always considered the Earth to be a Mother to the people which makes us relative of all the animals and elements. This relationship has always been one that emphasizes respect and appreciation, especially for those things that are rare. Copper is one of the native elements held in high regard and used in many ceremonies.

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Giiwedinong Michigan gii moonegade zaawzhooniyaa.
In the north of Michigan it was mined copper.
Copper was mined in northern Michigan.

Epangishimag Anishinaabeg benjibaajig gii bi meshtonmaagenaa'aa zaawzhooniyaa.
Western people from over there did here trade for it copper.
People from the west came here to trade for copper.

Bimaadzjig biiskaanaa'aa zaawzhooniyaa giishpin ogimaawaad maage gego naangazawaad
People wear it copper if they are leaders or someone in high standing.
Leaders and important people wear copper.
Bimaadzijig Naadamajig (Community)
University of Michigan Exhibit Museum

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Giishpin gwa pane anishinaabemoying...Ingoding gwa giishigag kina kaa Anishinaabemowin. If we all speak Anishinaabemowin...one day everyone will speak Anishinaabemowin
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