Gookookwhoo miinwaa Mik
“Gookookwhoo and Beaver”
32 min.

“Gookookwhoo miinwaa Mik” is a story about starting over. In this touching video, Barbara Nolan introduces us to airplane pilot Gookookwhoo, who one day returns home from work to discover that his entire family has been burned to death in a house fire. His family, his home, and his life are in ruins before him. Gookookwhoo has no reason to continue living.

In an attempt to heal his broken heart, Gookookwhoo moves back to his rez. However, for decades he is unsuccessful in his attempts to let go of his grief. He eventually decides to go into the bush to live, to pray, to learn how to heal. It is there, in the bush, that he is visited by Beaver.

By 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,, is one part of their continuing efforts to help other Nishnaabe people acquire the language.