We All Thank Them All

Landbody Conference

Gimiigwechiwiaanaanig (We All Thank Them All). The Aki Nakweshkodaadiwin (Landbody Conference) focused on the way indigenous communities are a network existing between land and water with systems of knowledge and belief rooted to place and reflected in language and life. Scholars from several fields presented ideas on tribal life today and the ways space is occupied by various beings with spiritual and political practices that as diverse and the facets of the places they inhabit.

The project below, much like pictographs of clan connections with lines drawn between hearts and minds and waterways, represents a multi-generational project exploring the way we give thanks to all that is around us. Bernard Perley created the images, Nicole Rice, Monea Warrington and Jordan Mamayek composed lines of thanks. Alphonse Pitawanakwat and Margaret Noodin recorded the lines in eastern and western Anishinaabemowin to illustrate how easy it can be to understand one another across language variations. Cards will continue to be added as the relationship between the land and the people also continues.

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1

Gimiigwechiwigo giizis zaagi’aasigeyan mii igo giizhooziyaang.

We all thank you sun
for shining so that
we are warm.

1.Giizis

2

Gimiigwechiwigom
anangoog
epaaskaakoneseyeg.

We all thank you
stars
for twinkling.

2. Anongoog

 

3

Gimiigwechiwigo
dibikigiizis
waase’aabikiziyan.

We all thank you
night-sun
for reflecting light.

3.Dibikigiizis

4

Gimiigwechiwigom zaakiiyig noojimo’iyaang gaye ashamiyaang.

We all thank you plants
for healing us and
feeding us.

4.Zaagkiig

 

5
Gimiigwechiwigom ininatig, wiigwaas, giizhik gaye zhiingwaak naadamawiyaang
ji-minobimaadiziyaang.

We all thank you maples,
birch, cedar and pine
for helping us
to live well.

5.Ininatig

6

Gimiigwechiwigom
mashkosiwag memindage wiingashk ji-okaadenmaang.

We all thank you
grasses especially
the sweetgrass we braid.

6.Mashkosiwag

 

7

Gimiigwechiwiaanaanig awesiinyag,
mitigwakiin biinitoowaad.

We all thank them
the animals
the forests they clean them.

7.Awesiinyag

8

Gimiigwechiwiaanaanig
giigoonyag,
nibi biinitoowaad.

We all thank them
the fish
the water they clean.

8.Giigooyag

 

9

Gimiigwechiwiaanaanig bineshiinyag
nitaanagamowaad.

We all thank them
the birds
so beautifully they sing.

9.Bineshiinyag

10

Gimiigwechiwigo noodin
widookawiyaang
ji-minoneseyaang.

We all thank you wind
for assisting us
to breathe well.

10.Noodin

 

11

Gimiigwechiwigo
aki gakina
gaa miizhiyaang.

We all thank you
earth for all
you have given us.

11.Aki

12

Gimiigwechiwigo nibi
endaaso giizhigag da enji noondeminikweyaang.

We all thank you water
because each day
we are too soon drinking.

12.Nibi

 

13

Wəliwən ciw samakwan matehc wən kətəwehsmiw (Maliseet).
Gimiigwechwigo gaa miizhiyaang nibi mii gaawiin giishkaabagwesiiyaang (Ojibwe).

Thank you for the water so no one will be thirsty.

13-water-card