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Belle Isle

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.
We should all use this little island together.

Kaa goya daa dibenziin chike.
No one should own it alone.

Debenjiged gonaa geyabi daa naagade'endaan.
The Creator should continue to take care of it.

Waabizii kwa gii zhinkaade maanda minis, Belle Isle.
White Swan was the historic name of Belle Isle.

Kchi-kinomaagegamigong Michigan Anishinaabemowin-kinomaage-inini, Howard Kimewon kchimishomisabaniin gii zhinkaazwon Waabizii.
University of Michigan Anishinaabe language teacher, Howard Kimewon's Great Grandfather was named Waabizii.

Oshme niizhwag biwag bebkaanzijig mitigoog geyaabi maajiigewag.
More than two hundred types of trees are still growing there.

Gegwa binaachtowke gwa gwenaajiwang.
Don't ruin what is beautiful.

Bimaadzijig Naadamajig (Community)
Belle Isle

Read article in Huffington Post

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