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Bootaaganan N'ga Dibaataanaanan (Flour Grinding Mills I Will Talk About)

Mino-Aanjidakwaamagad-giizhigad! (Happy Changing on the Shortest Day!)

Happy Solstice Day!

This year, to celebrate Winter Solstice, the Saginaw Chippewa Ziibiwing Center of Anishinaabe Culture and Lifeways invited brothers Howard and Daniel Kimewon to share stories from their childhood on Manitoulin Island and demonstrate how dried corn is ground for cooking. To prepare for the celebration, Howard worked hard to build the traditional flour mills, or "bootaganan." He selected logs from northern Michigan and then customized several tools with help from Cheboygan resident and metal artist, Dawn Barr. Using a combination of modern technology, contemporary tools, and of course, lots of Anishinaabemowin, Howard carried another tradition from our past into the present.

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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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