At the University of Michigan our colleague, Tiya Miles published a story about Belle Isle in Detroit. Her words remind us that a community is both people and place . . . culture is more than words, it is rocks and rushing water and the way we come together as one, and sometimes many, cultures. It is layers of history connected by memory and respect for the past. We need to mind these connections. We need to think of the trees and the shoreline. To read the article visit:
To think about the Island from an Anishinaabe perspective, here are some sentences you can listen to and read written by Howard Kimewon, Alphonse Pitawanakwat and Margaret Noodin for their students in Ann Arbor.
G'daa maamwi nookazinaa minishens.
Kaa goya daa dibenziin chike.
Debenjiged gonaa geyabi daa naagade'endaan.
Waabizii kwa gii zhinkaade maanda minis, Belle Isle.
Kchi-kinomaagegamigong Michigan Anishinaabemowin-kinomaage-inini, Howard Kimewon kchimishomisabaniin gii zhinkaazwon Waabizii.
Oshme niizhwag biwag bebkaanzijig mitigoog geyaabi maajiigewag.
Gegwa binaachtowke gwa gwenaajiwang.
2014 Noongwa e-Anishinaabemjig