Miigwech to Margaret Hele, Barbara Burns and Roseanna McCoy for their camerawork and kind assistance in helping us to record this video.
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.
Bgonehaankwad and Waaskonens have nearly given up on the clumsy old man, Mmaangzid, and are no longer wanting the Elder to be included as a full member of the extended family. However, the five-year-old Waaseyaa, understanding the importance of loyalty to extended family, has other ideas.