Lesson 9


This week, and in our remaining weeks, we will focus on the playlet, Wezaawindibens. You can download mp3 files of me reading this playish by means of the following links (right-click and save to disk on Windows, control-click and save to disk on a Macintosh).

By Sections

The following three file links provide you with successive chunks of the play.

Section 1

Section 2

Section 3

As Individual Sentences

The following link is to a zipped file that contains mp3's of each sentence in the play, in numerical order. Once downloaded, you will have to unzip this file, which will produce a folder full of short mp3's. You can then listen to each one and mimic it to hone your pronunciation.

Zipped Individual Sentences

Reading and Reaction

For reading and reaction, let's read a chapter of a book written by George Copway (Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh), an Ojibwe man who lived from 1818 to 1869. Copway is a controversial figure, for reasons which will become clear when you read the following brief biographical sketch of him from the on-line Houghton Mifflin Encyclopedia of North American Indians.

Copway Biography

A really good place for North American historical materials is the website Canadiana.org. This site has around 10,000 historical documents on-line in pdf form. The only drawback, and it's a significant one, is that the on-line works can only be accessed page-by-page, which can get tedious. You can go to the site by clicking on the following link.


The following link takes you to the page index for one of Copway's books.

Indian life and Indian history...

And here is the chapter that I would like you to read and write a reaction on. Your reaction should be less your opinion of the reading than what Copway has to say, in other words, write a 1-2 page report on the contents of this chapter. This will be due Tuesday, December 7th.

Chapter on Ojibwe Storytelling


Here are mp3's of yours truly singing the three songs we did in class. You can right-click (control-click) to download the files. I will handout lyric sheets in class.

Aaniin Boozhoo

Abwewin Atoon

Giiwedinong Indoonjibaa