I have also launched a small publishing company called - Waub Ajijaak Press. Here is a preview to information regarding the press:
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Waub Ajijaak Press is a small press that focuses on Great Lakes Anishinaabe stories, children's stories, and poetry. We are committed to cultural revitalization and preservation.
THE STORY BEHIND WAUB AJIJAAK PRESS
In honor of ancestral Ogema Waub Ajijaak (Chief White Crane) this press was started to honor ancestors, culture, decolonization, healing, heritage, matriarchy, recovery, sobriety/wellbriety, and traditions. My family's ancestry comes from a line of hereditary Chiefs from Mooniingwanekaaning-minis (Madeline Island, Wisconsin). The Anishinaabe culture believes that our ancestors are always with us. In Fall 2014 I had a dream of a White Crane. Through research I discovered Ogema Waub Ajijaak is my ancestor. In regards to traditional clan relations this press honors the past, present, and the future that we can create through sharing our gifts of storytelling.
AJIJAAK DODEM (CRANE CLAN)
The traditional role within the community was a "leader" or "Chief," not even as defined as what we know in our Anishinaabe communities today. Leadership was not hierarchical but it was leadership within the circle. Crane in Ojibway translates to "echo maker" which is a reference to the strong and resonate voice of the crane. Also crane clan members were speakers for the community and worked to negotiate with other tribes and bands.
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