Originally from Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada, Leonard Kimewon has lived in Michigan for many years, returning frequently to Wiki for family events. He and his wife Elizabeth are first speakers of the language and never stopped using it at home and with friends. Some of his children are now teachers of Anishinaabemowin. Leonard teaches classes around the U.P. and reaches out to students wherever they are through on-line and newspaper lessons and language camps. Susan Askwith has attended his classes for many years and says Leonard teaches the deeper meaning of words and phrases, how they are used in different contexts, how the language changes and has evolved, and some of the traditional values and ways of living. The stories and lessons posted here will help you connect with Anishinaabemowin through the classes he offers in Baaweting, for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. We are thankful to Leonard for taking time to create his own written versions of the stories and to share the worksheet he uses with his students. His teaching job entails lots of travel and evening hours every week and he has been retired many years. Gimiigwechwigo, Leonard!
Listen to Leonard read the story in Anishinaabemowin:
Additional lesson resources: