Author Archive for Barbara Nolan

Barbara Nolan is a first-speaker of Nishnaabemwin who has spent several decades working with a variety of organizations to revitalize the Nishnaabe language. Most recently, her dream of passing her language on has come true: Barbara has successfully passed her language on to John Paul Montano. This website, barbaranolan.com, is one part of their continuing efforts to help other Nishnaabe people acquire the language.

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Gkinoowmaawso Waaseyaa

August 5, 20120 Comments

Gkinoowmaawso Waaseyaa
“Waaseyaa Guides By Example”
22 min.

In “Gkinoowmaawso Waaseyaa,” Barbara Nolan shares with us a story of a bright, young, five-year-old girl named Waaseyaa. Waaseyaa’s father, Bgonehaankwad, and Waaseyaa’s mother, Waaskonens, have become frustrated with Bgonehaankwad’s elderly and increasingly accident-prone father, Mmaangzid, who lives with all of them in the same house…

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Waaskonens Daapnaan Binoojiinsan

August 4, 20120 Comments

Waaskonens Daapnaan Binoojiinsan
“Waaskonens Adopts a Baby”
16 min.

Waaskonens, a single thirty-something elementary school teacher, is quite content and happy with her life – with one exception. She feels a deep loneliness in her heart because she longs to be a mother. She wants to raise a child of her own without having a man…

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Boonenndizwin

August 3, 20121 Comment

Boonenndizwin
“Self-forgiveness”
35 min.

We make mistakes. Accidents happen. And, sometimes these accidents have tragic results. In “Boonenndizwin”, Barbara Nolan gives us a compassionate glimpse into the heart of a loving brother who has made one such tragic mistake. How do we face our family after our error has caused…

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Bemoozhwed

August 2, 20120 Comments

Bemoozhwed
“The Cab Driver”
23 min.

While driving a cab to earn some extra cash, Mtigwaab learns much from one of his passengers, an old woman. She is filled with gratitude for the life she’s led as she calmingly accepts her impending death…

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