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Lessons of the Land in Indigenous Languages of the Great Lakes
Lessons of the Land in Indigenous Languages of the Great Lakes
Professor Margaret Noodin
This talk will introduce the indigenous view of Great Lakes history through indigenous languages that have been spoken for millennia in the region. These languages have shaped the ways that speakers experience and express their place in nature, their spiritual beliefs, and their relationships to other human and non-human beings.  The loss of traditional languages through intentional erasure and forced assimilation has had profound impacts on individual identities and indigenous cultures.
Professor Noodin, is an American poet and Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee where she also serves as Associate Dean of Humanities. She is the director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education and is the editor of objiwe.net.  Professor Noodin is the author of two collections of bilingual poetry in Anishinaabemowin and English. She received an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in English and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota.  At the University of Michigan she served as Director of Comprehensive Studies.  With her daughters, both U of Michigan students, she belongs to a women’s hand drum group which sings in Anishinaabemowin.
Lecture Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Lecture Date : 04/28/2022      
Program Year : 2021-22      
Term : Winter      
Fee : $10.00