Apr 242008

Here are more questions that I wish had been asked of Anton and David Treuer:

  • You guys have both been published. Do you get any flak from people who think the language should be strictly an oral language?
  • Is it really possible for someone who speaks Minnesota Ojibwe from Leech Lake to understand someone in central Michigan who speaks Ojibwe?

One web site led to another while I was looking up some of their work, and I found this item at the Red Lake Net News. I liked number 3 the best.

Top 10 Things To Say To A Non-Indian Upon First Meeting

10. How much white are you?
9. I’m part white myself, you know.
8. I learned all your people’s ways in the Boy Scouts (Order of the Bullet).
7. My great-great-grandmother was a full-blooded European princess.
6. Funny, you don’t look white.
5. Where’s your powdered wig and knickers?
4. Do you live in a covered wagon?
3. What’s the meaning behind the square dance?
2. Oh wow, I really love your hair! Can I touch it?
1. What’s your feeling about river-boat casinos? Do they really help your people, or are they just a short-term fix?