Gakina Gegoo – All Things In Life / Niizhwaaswi Mishoomis Gikinoo’amage’wiaman The Seven Grandfather Teachings

 Aaniin Niijiikwenyaag!

I am just going to do a quick post tonight. This one is on Akina Gegoo miinawa Niizhwaaswi Mishoomis Gikinoo’amaage’wiaman, think on these teachings. I will try and post more miijim words in tomorrow’s post.

Bama api gi Waabamin!

Gakina Gegoo – All Things In Life

Bemaadzid / Giigoohnik/ Manidoshenhsak— Humans/ Fish/ Insects

Maanwang/Netawging/Wesaakik/Mitigook— Berries/GardenVegetables/Vegetation/Trees

Aashbik/Asiniin/ Zhiw – Rock/ Stones/ Mountain

Wesiinhik / Ookaanag — Wild Animals / Domestic Animals

Niizhwaaswi Mishoomis Gikinoo’amaage’wiaman

The Seven Grandfather Teachings

1.)           Zaagi’diwin  –  Love

2.)           Debwewin – Truth

3.)           Dabasendizawin –  Humility

4.)           Gwayakwaadiziwin – Honesty

5.)           Manaajiiwaawin / Manaaji’ idiwin – Respect

6.)           Zoongide’ iwin  – Courage / Bravery

7.)           Nibwaakaawin – Wisdom

There is an Anishinabeg teaching story about the Seven Grandfathers. These teachings are taught from when one is just a small child all along through life. As our children grow so does their understanding of these teachings and the elders explain more in depth as the child is ready for understanding.

These teachings are important for understanding Anishinabeg culture. We as Anishinabeg try always to remember these teachings and approach all things in a good way with respect. None of these teachings operates alone but must go hand in hand with each other.

Anishinabe was given Wisdom in order to better his life through knowledge.

Anishinabe was given Love so that he could love his fellow Anishinabeg and teach them to speak well of each other.

Anishinabe was given Respect in order to show respect to all things (humans, animals, plants, water, air etc) on earth.

Anishinabe was given Bravery to face his life’s challenges in a good way.

Anishinabe was given Honesty to live in a good way with his fellow people, to speak well of others, to know and think through whatever life brings.

Anishinabe was given Humility to live in harmony and balance on earth with all other living things, never thinking himself to be better than any one of the other creations.

At last Anishinabe was given Truth after all of the other gifts were understood.

Reflect on these teachings and use them when you’re thinking about plants and the environment. One cannot pollute his water if he respects that water’s right to be pure so that all life may live and use that water, one cannot extensively log without respect, or wisdom to know that cutting all of the forest will leave no place for humans to gather wood for their uses, or for the animals to live. One cannot blow up a mountain top for coal if one knows the truth that the practice will pollute the ground water, ruin the habitat for humans and animals –  all life. One who knows these teachings will not over harvest plants for personal or commercial use.

One Response to Gakina Gegoo – All Things In Life / Niizhwaaswi Mishoomis Gikinoo’amage’wiaman The Seven Grandfather Teachings

Charles Lippert

Around where I am, gakina gegoo are described slightly differently:
* oniizhoogaadeg = the two-legged ones (humans)
* oniiyoogaadeg = the four-legged ones (quadruped animals)
* oningwiiganiig = the winged ones (birds)
* bemaadagaajig = the swimmers (fishes)
* memichaakamigaajig = the ones on the ground (everything else: plants, rocks, worms, etc.)

Boozhoo Niijiikwenyaag!

Mondageesokwe ndizhnikaaz Makwa ndodem, nsimidana shi ngodwaaswi biboonagiziyaan, Odawa Anishinabekwe ndaw, Iwidi gaa baagwaajiwani ziibing ndoonjiba. Ben ninabem izhinakaazo.

Mondageesokwe is my name, I am bear clan, 36 winters old, an Odawa Indian woman is who I am.  Over there where the river currents are shallow where I am from,  Ben is my husband’s name.

Well I hope anyone who wants to learn a little Anishinabemowin (Ojibwe/Odawa language) can get some use out of my blog. I will be posting beginner Ojibwe phrases, maybe words with pictures, and if I can figure it out… maybe some audio too.  I am not a fluent speaker yet, however I have been following the Anishinabemowin trail for Oh my gosh.. twenty years! (I started learning simple words and phrases in my early teens and am still pursuing better eavesdropping and speaking skills). Just for those who think… “20 years and not fluent? ” There are not many fluent speakers where I grew up, in order to learn to speak properly one must hear the language spoken often. If you do not get to hear fluid fluent speech then it can slow ones learning down. Also note that Anishinabemowin is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most verb forms of any language. Anishinabemowin is a very action based language and very descriptive.