A Net Should Be Smudged
with Alvin Ted Corbiere
Kii-bbaa-giigoonkem na ko?
Gaawii go. Nahaa go eta n-maamnanendaan wii-oo-bgidwaawaang ngoding Louis Paul-ba, oodi Otter Lake e-zhnikaadeg. Dwaagig. Mii maanpii ni-bmoseyaang zhiwi oodi gwek e-namog wi miikan shkweyaang oodi bkwaakdokaaning.
Nahii tibaazhgaame zhiwi nahii, aasmaabik ndaa-zhi-kidam miikan. Jibwaa-oo-skoonwiyaang gchi-kizheb dgwaagig. Aaazho mkoomiins bmi-biniin nbiing gii-gbadin. Maajiikzhawe wa kiwenziinh gaa-mbaaskaa ko gii-oo-naadsabiimi. Mii sa yaazho-waabang ‘whitefish’ dash nme.
Aapji go niibna giwi naakshkooziyaang oodi gchi-waawiimbaagan ‘tub’ eh. Gchi-gnaajwi giwi, ko oodi gaa-zhaayaang. Mii go naa eta bbaa-giigoonked wa kiwenziinh. Mbapaa-ba, gaawii go n-makwenmaasii ji-giigoonked wa, maage e-ndawenjiged naa. Mii eta Louis Paul-ba, gaa swii go wa gii-ndawenjgesii wa, mii go eta gii-, gii-giigoonked naa. Mii dash wi gaa-kidmagbane aanii pii maajaad wa kiwenziinh-ba. Archie ji-miinaan niwi sabiin. Archie ji-waa-bgidwaad, gii-gjitoon gii-zhaaba oodi Archie wi pii degwaagig, mii wa sab, gii-maajiinigin oodi, gaawii go wii-toosiin, gaawii gegoo wii-debnaziinaan, mii oodi gaa-zhaawaang ko gaa-zhaayaang. Waya’sh go gii-kida, gii-bmi-zhi-naadgenaa kiwenzii-ba naa sabiin gii-kida naa, enwek go mdimoowenh gnabach gii-kida, “daa-gii-bkwenezgaaza’sh sab naa, jibwaa-bkobiinad,” “That’s what the..” giizhkaandag gnabach gii-nakaazan niwi, gii-bkwenezwaad wii-biin’naagzid miinwaa. Kaa, gaawii ngii-zhichgesiimi.
Semaa dash, wiikaa na semaa gii-nakaazan?
Kaa, gaawii go wiikaa n-makwendziin ji-bgidnigsii wa semaa ngoji naa go kiwenziinh go debaajmod, gaawii wiikaa ji-waabmaasii wi semaa ji-bgidnaad. Bjiinag go naa bi-mookshkaading ko bgidnigaadesnoo zhaazhi nji semaa maage jiingdamwaad Nishnaabeg gii-namaagaazowag maanaa kina gegoo wii-zhichgewaad gewiinwaa dashtoonaawaa wiikaa ngii-waamdaziin wi.
Did you go fishing sometimes?
Not really I only remember going one time with the late Louis Paul over at what is called Otter Lake in the fall. We walked straight along that road at the back of the ball ground.
We cut across along the bluffs, you would say that is where that road leads. Before we went to school that was early in the morning in the fall. There was ice already on the water. It had already froze. Again the following day. The ice would break as he paddled, the ice was crackling as he set the net. He had caught a great amount of the.whitefish. Whitefish We had to carry an entirely heavy load back from there.
A big tub of whitefish Yes. All the fish looked very good. That was where we used to go. That old man was the one that did the fishing. My father, I don't remember him fishing at all or to hunt. The late louis paul didn't do any hunting.he only went fishing
He knew when he was going to pass on that old man
He gave archie the fishing net so archie could go net fishing too. We tried archie and I.
We went there when fall came. We couldn't get anything, we didn't get anything.
And someone mentioned (said) that the old man must have cleaned out that net.
We went to the same place
That is what the person said.
I wonder if it was the old lady that had said that.
That net should have been smudged.aye before it was thrown into the water again.Thats what ah I think she used cedar to smudge it
So it will be clean again, but we did not do that.