Join Laura Waterman Wittstock and Miguel Vargas this week as they talk with guests Professor Brenda Child, Chair of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, and Michael Sullivan, who is a PhD student in linguistics and active in the revitalization effort of Ojibwe, an Algonquian language of the northern Midwest region of North America.
Professor Child was born on the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota where she is a citizen. She received her PhD in History at the University of Iowa and was a Katrin Lamon Fellow at the School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico. She teaches at the University of Minnesota, where she received the President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service.
Her book, Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940 (University of Nebraska, 1998), won the North American Indian Prose Award. Child was a consultant to the exhibit, “Remembering Our Indian School Days” at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona and co-author of the book that accompanied the exhibit, Away From Home (Heard, 2000). She is a board member of the Minnesota Historical Society, the Division of Indian Works, and the Circle newspaper in Minnesota, and chairs the American Indian advisory board to the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis. Her most recent work,"Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community" was published by Viking Press in 2012.
Michael Sullivan is a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe in northwestern Wisconsin. His research interests include language documentation, lexical innovation and re-contextualization, pragmatics, conversation analysis and sociolinguistics. He has served as a research assistant working in the field recording and transcribing words, sentences, and stories from a variety of Ojibwe elders from across the dialects. He is currently the Community Language Curator for the Ojibwe People's Dictionary (online).
His published work includes: Ojibwe Drum Music: Structure and Language. (forthcoming). Papers of the 43rd Algonquian Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Awesiiyensag: Dibaajimowinan ji-gikinoo'amaageng. co-author. (2010). Minneapolis: Wiigwaas Press. (2011 Minnesota Book of the Year- Library of Congress).