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Waasa Inaabidaa…We Look In All Directions is a six-part television documentary series produced by WDSE in Duluth, Minn., about the second largest tribe in North America, the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe (Chippewa) nation of the upper Great Lakes region.

The series includes more than 100 interviews with tribal elders, historians, youth and leaders from the 19 Ojibwe bands in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

These interviews, along with 3,000 archival photographs, interviews with academic historians, original and historic artwork, and dramatic re-enactments, illustrate the Ojibwe people, culture and language through the past two centuries.

The series is divided into six hour-long episodes:

1: Gakina Awiiya…We Are All Related

2: Gwayakochigewin…Making Decisions the Right Way

3: Gaa Miinigooyang…That Which is Given To Us

4: Bimaadiziwin…A Healthy Way of Life

5: Gikinoo’amaadiwin…We Gain Knowledge

6: Ojibwemowin…Ojibwe Oral Tradition

Outreach components include a Web site at, teacher guides for each episode, and a companion book written by Ojibwe author Dr. Thomas Peacock and photo editor Marlene Wisuri and published by Afton Historical Society.

Waasa Inaabidaa…We Look in All Directions aired this spring on WDSE and will air again in November on WDSE and other public television stations. The series is narrated by Winona LaDuke (White Earth Ojibwe, Green Party vice-presidential candidate).

Original music was composed by Peter Buffett and Ken Melville.

Lorraine Norrgard, Producer

James Fortier, Métis-Ojibway , Writer, Associate Producer, Web Site Developer

Production of Waasa Inaabidaa has been made possible by support from:

Otto Bremer Foundation, Grotto Foundation, Famous Dave Anderson and the LifeSkills Center for Leadership, Beim Foundation, Wisconsin Humanities Council, Minnesota Historical Society, Mille Lacs Band, Bois Forte Band, Aboriginal People's Television Network, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Milwaukee Public Museum, Wisconsin State Historical Society, Minnesota Department of Tourism, Aaron-Stokes and Waswagoning Village.