Gikenoo'amaadiiwigamig (the place where we teach each other)
Gikenoo’amaadiiwigamig – The Biological Services Division decided at one of our ReCharge events that we should
create a teaching lodge. A place where people can come together to teach and learn from each other. As we
originally thought about this idea we thought about it as a physical structure, a lodge. But, now that we are
all separated at home the idea of a virtual lodge has risen to the top. In fact, this might be the best way to
accomplish our goal of teaching and learning from each other in the long run.
After some thought the name Gikenoo’amaadiiwigamig was chosen for our lodge. This roughly translates into
‘the place where all learn’. It is a virtual lodge in which we gather on a regular basis to teach and learn.
Gikenoo’amaadiiwigamig is open to everyone, inside and outside of GLIFWC. It is an inclusive place where we
all gather in a respectful and open way. Currently there are two opportunities for everyone to participate. The
first is our Ojibwemowin instruction. This is a weekly gathering in which Waasegiizhig Price provides lessons on
the Ojibwe language. Each lesson is posted along with a recording of each weekly zoom. A link to the weekly zoom
is also provided so that anyone can join us. The second opportunity is what we call our ‘skills training’ (we
have not yet established an Ojibwe word for this). Each month there will be a training session (also on zoom) so
that we can teach and learn from each other about gathering/hunting/fishing activities. Each is presented on a
volunteer basis with anyone who wishes to contribute being able to contribute. Check out the videos people have
contributed thus far and join us for future training.
Zhiigaagawanzhiike - Harvesting wild leeks with Dawn (and a swarm of mosquitos). Asemaa was offered before we harvested the leeks in this very short video.
Zhiigaagawanzhiike - Harvesting wild leeks with Travis.
Zhiigaagawanzhiike - Harvesting wild leeks with Cat.
Zhiigaagawanzhiike - Harvesting wild leeks with Jenny.
Zhigaagawanzhiike with Hannah and Soren - Hannah and her family describe how to harvest leeks in a sustainable way. This method could be useful in areas that may be popular for leek harvesting, or in places with a small amount of leeks, where you'd like to leave a minimal impact.