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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


October 5, 2002 - Issue 71


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Waasa Inaabidaa - We Look In All Directions


Craft DemonstrationDuluth, MN, Waasa Inaabidaa - We Look In All Directions is a six-part television documentary series produced by WDSE in Duluth, Minn., about the second largest tribe in North America, the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe (Chippewa) nation of the upper Great Lakes region. The series includes more than 100 interviews with tribal elders, historians, youth and leaders from the 19 Ojibwe bands in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. These interviews, along with 3,000 archival photographs, interviews with academic historians, original and historic artwork, and dramatic re-enactments, illustrate the Ojibwe people, culture and language through the past two centuries.

The series is scheduled to air in November and can be seen on PBS (Public Broadcast Systems) and APTN (Aboriginal People's Television Network). Please check your local listings for dates and times. Waasa Inaabidaa is being distributed by American Public Television Service and has been nominated for eleven regional EMMY's. A music CD and book will be available.

The series is comprised of six hour-long episodes:

Gakina Awiiya
Gaa Miinigooyang
We Are All Related
We Gain Knowledge
That Which is Given To Us
Making Decisions the Right Way
A Healthy Way of Life
Ojibwe Oral Tradition

Outreach components include a website ( downloadable teacher guides for each episode, and a companion book written by Ojibwe author Dr. Thomas Peacock and photo editor Marlene Wisuri and published by Afton Historical Society. The series is narrated by Winona LaDuke (White Earth Ojibwe, Green Party vice-presidential candidate). Original music composed by Peter Buffett and Ken Melville. James Fortier, Métis-Ojibway served as Writer, Associate Producer and Web Site Developer.

Production of Waasa Inaabidaa has been made possible by support from:

Otto Bremer Foundation
Grotto Foundation
Famous Dave Anderson and the LifeSkills Center for Leadership
Beim Foundation
Wisconsin Humanities Council
Minnesota Historical Society
Mille Lacs Band
Bois Forte Band
Aboriginal People's Television Network
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Milwaukee Public Museum
Wisconsin State Historical Society
Minnesota Department of Tourism
Waswagoning Village.

For more information, please contact or visit the website at:

Duluth, MN MAP
Maps by Travel

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